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A Rock Between Hard Places: Afghanistan as an Arena of Regional Insecurity

Kristian Berg Harpviken and Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh


What has driven neighboring states to intervene in the Afghan conflict? This book challenges mainstream analyses which place Afghanistan at the center – the so-called “heart” – of a large pan-Asian region, whose fate is predicated on Afghan stability. Instead, the authors situate Afghanistan on the margins of three regional security complexes – those of South Asia, Central Asia, and the Persian Gulf – each characterized by security dynamics and rivalries, which, in turn, inform the engagement of their constituent states in Afghanistan. The book thus adapts the analytical framework developed by ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, Central Asia, Persian Gulf, South Asia, Heart of Asia, Great Powers, Regional Security, Regional Cooperation, Regional Security Complexes, Intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190627232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190627232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristian Berg Harpviken, author
Peace Research Institute of Oslo

Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, author

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