Combatting Jihadism in Afghanistan

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Abstract

This policy brief argues that Afghanistan is far from stability and that misconceptions leading to other conclusions further erode the potential of progress and peace in the country and region. While the presence and support of the international community is vital, there must be a shift in its approach in Afghanistan; foremost with regards to its willingness to negotiate with the Taliban. Furthermore, although maintaining and improving security is essential, it does not tackle jihadist indoctrination, the root cause of the Taliban’s success. In addition it is essential to view the situation in Afghanistan through a regional prism, thus acknowledging the impactful role of Pakistan, Iran, Central Asian States and India. Since women and minorities are especially under attack in countries impacted by religious extremism, this paper also highlights their plight.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2015
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 11 December 2015
Number of Pages: 52
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Religion
Controlled Subjects: Afghanistan, Djihad, Bekämpfung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Afghanistan, Djihad, Bekämpfung / Afghanistan, Jihad, Combatting
Subject (classification): Politics
Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: other countries
Series: Subjects > SADF Policy Brief
Volume: 2
Additional Information: ISSN: 2406-5625
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