Why were Pashtuns undetectable in the course of history

Afghanistan as a touchstone for security policy

Security and Development in World Society pp 264-341 | Cite as


The following case study focuses on the intervention in Afghanistan that resulted from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Structurally structured in the same way as the previous chapter on the synthesis of security and development policy, it uses an exemplary case to trace the factors that are relevant to international Afghanistan policy. Checking the concept outlined in an empirically informed way does not mean that the conceptual approach is to be universalized with it: it may be that the factors related to one another turn out differently in other cases. An active security community may be absent or be overshadowed by individual states that, as former colonial powers, maintain special relationships with a state. Other than the core states of the security community, the prospects for successful securitization may differ. The mental environment of a terrorist threat may be absent, so that the securitization simply fails.

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