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Building State and Security in Afghanistan

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber with Robert P. Finn, editors
Building State and Security in Afghanistan
ISBN: 978-0-9773544-4-3
2010/324 pages
Distributed for the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University

"[Offers] unique perspectives based on first-hand experiences in implementing state and security development projects."—Arturo G. Munoz, Review of Middle East Studies

"We are indebted to Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and Robert Finn for offering the refreshing insights of recognized experts. Policymakers, scholars, and students alike will benefit from the perspectives, critical analyses, and collective wisdom assembled in this excellent volume."—Lakhdar Brahimi, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan


Bridging the pragmatic and the theoretical, leading scholars and policy analysts delve into the critical issues facing Afghanistan today. Their exploration of questions relating to security and peacekeeping, the rule of law, institutional design, mobilization of the economy, and relations within the region provides a crucial resource for understanding not only Afghanistan’s prospects, but also the opportunities and constraints associated with state building more broadly.


Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton University. Robert P. Finn, former ambassador to Afghanistan, is a senior research associate at LISD.


  • Foreword—Hamid Karzai.
  • Preface—Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein.
  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Building State and Security—W. Maley.
  • Security in Afghanistan: A Historical Perspective—M.G. Weinbaum.
  • Constitutional Engineering and Democratic Stability: The Debate Surrounding the Crafting of Political Institutions in Afghanistan—A. Reynolds.
  • A Third Branch? (Re)Establishing the Judicial System in Afghanistan—JA. Thier.
  • Centralization vs. Decentralization: The Importance of Sequencing and Timing—R.D. Mullen.
  • State-Building at the Subnational Level in Afghanistan—A. Wilder and S. Lister.
  • Civil Society and State-Building in Afghanistan—S. Schmeidl.
  • The Afghan Economy—W. Danspeckgruber and R.P. Finn.
  • The Failure to Bridge the Security Gap: The PRT Plan, 2002-2004—B.J. Stapleton.
  • Keeping the Peace Without Peacekeepers—E. Schiewek.
  • The Afghanistan-Pakistan Border and Afghanistan’s Long-Term Stability—A. Saikal.
  • Islam and the Transformative Power of Tradition—A. Seleny.
  • Epilogue—W. Danspeckgruber.
  • APPENDIXES: Timeline of Key Events. UN Security Council Resolutions Related to Afghanistan.