THE CULTURE AND CONFLICT REVIEW
The Culture & Conflict Review is an online peer-review journal produced by the Program for Culture & Conflict Studies, bringing you analysis of current events, policy, operations, and human terrain in South and Central Asia as well as other regions of the world. Premised on the belief that the United States must understand the culture and human terrain of other nations and peoples, we offer
commentary and analysis on issues of current interest to policy makers, military commanders, academics, and the
general public. We are particularly interested in issues addressing culture, anthropology, regional and identity politics, and the
contemporary role of U.S. forces in areas of conflict. New issues of The Culture & Conflict Review are published on a quarterly
Welcome to The Culture & Conflict Review
I am pleased to welcome you to the 4th edition of our e-journal, the Culture and Conflict Review (CCR). This edition focuses on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan and how they may affect future developments, as well as institutional changes on both sides of the border that give reason for optimism. Specifically the articles address gender equality in Afghanistan, the recent parliamentary elections in Pakistan, the use of suicide terrorism in Afghanistan, and the divide between the Taliban organization in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
M. Ashraf Haidari presents a compelling illustration of the gains developed in gender equality in Afghanistan and at the same time threatened if international support is diminished. He argues that no nation has ever rebuilt itself or become fully developed without the participation of women. While the “Taliban’s gender apartheid” has ended, much work is still needed to bring women out of their vulnerable status – already, 300,000 girls have been deprived of education in south and east Afghanistan.
Our program also provides two analyses in this edition of the CCR. First we examine the recent parliamentary elections in Pakistan and develop some important questions that must be addressed by US foreign policy analysts. With the PPP and PML-N winning most of the seats in the new Parliament, power is now theirs, but a two-thirds majority, necessary for an impeachment of Musharraf, still remains elusive. How long Pakistan’s President Musharraf remains in power depends upon the consensus of the new government. Our second piece looks at the devastating attacks that have impinged upon daily life in Kandahar. The worst attacks to date occurred in February as civilians seemingly became the newest targets for suicide attacks in Afghanistan. We examine the implications of such attacks and how they may ultimately undermine the Taliban’s insurgency.
Finally, Alec Metz and Harold Ingram look at the recent fraction between the Taliban organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In their drive for post-9/11 power, they have set aside a number of ideological positions in order to defeat a common enemy. As this month’s actions have shown, even the identity of that common enemy is a subject of debate and friction, and that divide has now spread to the leadership of the Taliban itself. In a brief analysis of the recent split within the Taliban, the history and reasons behind these divisions will be investigated.
The Program for Culture and Conflict Studies (CCS) at the Naval Postgraduate School continues to seek information, criticism, and suggestions from the academic community, personnel in-theater, and the general public. We are always looking for new and exciting opinions and analyses for our journal. To submit an article, please view our Author’s Guide.
The Culture & Conflict Review is produced by:
- CCS Founder & Executive Director
Select from any of the available past issues to view:
We accept submissions of analysis articles, opinion pieces, or book reviews. We are actively seeking those interested in publishing
in our journal. Please view our Author's Guide for more
information on submissions or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome comments regarding individual articles or the journal / website on a whole. You may contact us via email at
email@example.com or submit a comment or question on our Contact
To have new issues of Culture & Conflict Review delivered to your inbox,
email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Subscribe" in the subject line or send us your address
through our Comments page. When we publish a new issue, we will email
you an e-newsletter with links to each article. There is no charge, and your address will be kept confidential, and used for no other
An RSS feed is also available, which features the latest articles from the CCS faculty, researchers, and staff.
The web address for the feed is: http://www.nps.edu/Programs/CCS/WebJournal/RSS.aspx
Material contained herein is made available for the purpose of peer review and discussion and does not necessarily
reflect the views of the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.
The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, the United States
Department of the Navy and the Naval Postgraduate School of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained
Privacy Act Statement – If you provide your email address, it will only be used to respond to your request for further information
from our Program. We never create individual profiles or give your information to any private organizations. Your personal information
will not be shared with any other government organization except as required by law. The Program for Culture and Conflict Studies
never collects information for commercial marketing.
To contact us about our program: email@example.com