By Seth G. Jones

ISBN-10: 0833049887

ISBN-13: 9780833049889

In Afghanistan, neighborhood groups have performed a serious function in safety, specifically in rural components. Afghan nationwide safety forces are vital to the top-down approach, however the Afghan executive and NATO forces additionally have to leverage neighborhood groups to achieve a complementary bottom-up process. This research discusses the viability of building neighborhood defense forces in Afghanistan and addresses matters concerning the knowledge of such regulations.

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Especially when religious affiliation and ethnic identity become fused, the struggle to form ethnically based states has led to tremendous bloodshed, as in the breakup of Yugoslavia among Croat, Serb, and Bosniak ethnicities. 6 Indeed, there are nation-states associated with the Tajiks (Tajikistan), the Uzbeks (Uzbekistan), and the Turkmen (Turkmenistan). Pashtuns present an analytic challenge because they can be considered both as an ethnic group and a confederation of tribes. ” Yet the Pashtuns also exhibit characteristics of tribal people.

2,000–5,000 • Kashmir To seize Kashmir before the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir could exercise his legal right to join India after the British left in 1947 Organized by Pakistan General Akbar Khan and authorized by the Pakistan cabinet. Pakistan had loose command and control of tribal forces. Payments to tribal leaders Fairly effective in establishing order, although Khan had to deal with several rebellions Effective in keeping relative peace for over a decade, but broke down in 1936 following rebellion led by the Faqir of Ipi Not effective in securing Kashmir and minimally effective for offensive purposes.

If a village has 800 men, it would contribute 20 to the arbakai. 43 In many cases, however, the size of the arbakai depends on the type of threat and the geographic area to be protected. 44 Consequently, groups tend to be small and defensive, notably different from the warlord militias raised during the 1980s and 1990s, which grew to 50,000 part-time and full-time fighters. Arbakai should not be conceived of in Western terms as an auxiliary paramilitary force. To begin with, the weight of community opinion is so strong that some arbakai are not even armed.

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