What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

What is this?

This is something that gets reported not the first time this time:
"As part of its new plan, the administration, which remains skeptical of Karzai, will "work around him" by working directly with provincial and district leaders, a senior U.S. defense official told McClatchy."
So what does this mean exactly? Who are the "provincial and district leaders"? Governors appointed by Karzai, I mean, "removable types"?
Or is this to say that provincial shuras will be effectively empowered beyond a consultative role, with American support?
Or selected strongmen within those shuras, maybe? Like, let's see, Ahmed Wali Karzai in Kandahar?
Or there should be competing centres of power in provinces and districts, with rivalry between centrally appointed and locally elected forces drawing on different resources?
Or will alternative strongmen be sought, who shall be supported to the detriment of both of the above and for the great victory of whateverocracy?

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