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LUCIR Lecture: Warlord Survival—War & Peace in Afghanistan

Thursday 21 October 2021
Romain Malejacq, Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan

How the Afghan warlords adapt and why a weak state allows this to happen

Romain Malejacq will give a short presentation of his book Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan and discuss and answer questions about the current situation in Afghanistan.

Romain Malejacq’s book focuses on the following questions: How do warlords survive and even thrive in contexts that are explicitly set up to undermine them? How do they rise after each fall? Warlord Survival answers these questions.

Drawing on hundreds of in-depth interviews in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2018, with ministers, governors, a former vice-president, warlords and their entourages, opposition leaders, diplomats, NGO workers, and local journalists and researchers, Romain Malejacq provides a full investigation of how warlords adapt and explains why weak states like Afghanistan allow it to happen.

Romain Malejacq is Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis & Management at Radboud University Nijmegen. Follow him on Twitter @afghanopoly.

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