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

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A new book: Multinational statebuilding in Afghanistan

A lot of work went into this one - and I'm proud to announce that this book (see below) has finally been published, with editing and contributions by Yours Truly - and with contributions from many other authors with whom it was an honour to work together and a pleasure to write it.

I'm sharing news of it in the hope that you may find it interesting.
Statebuilding in Afghanistan: Multinational contributions to reconstruction. Edited by Nik Hynek and Péter Marton. London: Routledge, 2011.

A few words about the concept:

This edited volume empirically maps and theorises NATO-ISAF’s contribution to peacebuilding and reconstruction in Afghanistan. The book provides a contextual framework of the NATO participation in Afghanistan; it offers an outline of the security situation in Afghanistan and discusses geopolitical, historical, and military factors related to it.

It argues that a general underlying factor shaping the dynamics of the Afghanistan mission is that although its stated goals may be similarly formulated across the ISAF coalition, there are a great number of differences in the nature of coalition members’ political calculations, and share of the burden, and that this induces a dynamic of alliance politics that state actors attempt to either mitigate, navigate, or exploit - depending on their interests and views. The book asks why there are differences in countries’ share of the burden; how they manifest in different approaches; and how the actual performance of different members of the coalition ought to be assessed. It argues that understanding this offers clues as to what does not work in current state-building efforts, beyond individual countries’ experiences and the more general critique of statebuilding philosophy and practice.

This book answers key questions through a series of case studies which together form a comparative study of national contributions to the multilateral mission in Afghanistan. In so doing, it provides a uniquely sensitive analysis that can help explain coalition contributions from various countries. It will be of great interest to students of Afghanistan, Asian politics, peacebuilding, statebuilding, war and conflict studies, IR and Security Studies generally.

The contents:

Nik Hynek - Péter Marton: Introduction: what makes coalitions s/tick?

Anthony King: Operation Herrick: the British campaign in Helmand

Timo Behr: Germany and Regional Command-North: ISAF's weakest link?

Sebastiaan Rietjens: Between expectations and reality: the Dutch engagement in Uruzgan

Joshua Foust: France in Kapisa: a combined approach to statebuilding

Benjamin Zyla: Canada and collective action in Afghanistan: theory meets practice

William Maley: PRT activity in Afghanistan: the Australian experience

Stephen Hoadley: The New Zealand PRT experience in Bamyan Province: assessing political legitimacy and operational achievements

Kristian Berg Harpviken: A peace nation in the war on terror: the Norwegian engagement in Afghanistan

Charly Salonius-Pasternak: Finland's ISAF experience: rewarding, challenging and on the edge of the politically feasible

Péter Marton - Péter Wagner: Hungary's involvement in Afghanistan: Proudly going through the motions?

Łukasz Kulesa - Beata Górka-Winter: From followers to leaders as "coalition servants": the Polish engagement in Afghanistan

Nik Hynek - Jan Eichler: Post-decisional and alliance-dependent: the Czech engagement in Logar

Petros Vamvakas: Turkey's ISAF mission: a maverick with strategic depth

Egdūnas Račius: Trials and tribulations of the Lithuanian participation in the NATO ISAF mission

The cover:


TwShiloh said...

Congratulations on this. Looks good and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Péter Marton said...

Thanks! :) I'm looking forward to your comments!