The Culture & Conflict Review
CCS Research Updates:
CCS has updated our website with PDF tribal genealogies, provincial overviews, provincial profiles from the Ministry of Rural Reconstruction and Development, updates of political and tribal leadership and relevant social data, and much more. Click on the links below to see our newest additions:
- Helmand Provincial profile and webpage
- Zabul Provincial profile and webpage (forthcoming)
- Baluch tribal genealogy
- Tajik tribal genealogy
- Tatar tribal genealogy
- Durrani tribal genealogy and sub-clans
- Each provincial drop menu has a link to the MRRD profiles, click here to view Helmand Province
- View the changes in governorship in Laghman and Helmand.
- We are further developing cartographic analysis of tribal elements.
Each Provincial Page in Eastern Afghanistan has been updated with a variety of maps located on the Afghanistan Information Management Services website. Links to the maps can be found on the top of each page within the jump / drop-down menus, labeled “Province Links (select)”. Topographic, City, District, Health, Refugee, Tribal, and a variety of other maps are listed. See Provincial Overview Index.
- 24th Annual Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDAI), Canada’s National Security Interests in a Changing World and Afghanistan and Beyond – the Impact on Canada’s Regular and Reserve Forces, Ottawa, Canada, 21-22 February 2008.
- Various lectures, to include a brigade combat team briefing at Ft. Campbell, KY.
- Presentation on Taliban narrative research and their implications to IED attacks, National Academy of the Sciences, University of California Irvine, 14-15 February.
- Briefing on Human Terrain at USSTRATCOM Global Innovation & Strategy Conference. Omaha, 25-27 February.
- Thomas H. Johnson and M. Chris Mason, “No Sign until the Burst of Fire: Understanding the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier,” International Security, Vol, 32, No. 4, Spring 2008.
ABSTRACT: The Pakistan-Afghanistan border area has become the most dangerous frontier on earth, and the most challenging for the United States’ national security interests. Critically, the portion of the border region which is now home to extremist groups like the Taliban and al Qaida coincides almost exactly with the area overwhelmingly dominated by the Pashtun tribes. The implications of this salient fact – that most of Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s violent religious extremism, and with it much of the United States' counterterrorism challenge, are contained within a single ethno linguistic group – have unfortunately not been fully grasped by a governmental policy community that has long downplayed cultural dynamics. The threat to long-term US security interests in this area is neither an economic problem, nor a religious problem, nor a generic “tribal” problem. It is a unique cultural problem. In both southern Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan, rather than seeking to “extend the reach of the central government,” which simply foments insurgency among a proto-insurgent people, the U.S. and the international community should be doing everything in their means to empower the tribal elders and restore balance to a tribal/cultural system that has been disintegrating since the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979.
- Thomas H. Johnson and Alec E. Metz, “Afghanistan: the Challenges Ahead,” FrontLine Defence, Mar/Apr 2008, p.12-14.
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