CENTRAL ASIA AND AFGHANISTAN: THE SECURITY COMPLEX DILEMMA
Farkhod Tolipov, Director, Bilim Karvoni Non-State Educational Institution (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
The author uses the latest theoretical and conceptual approaches to world politics and international security to analyze the Afghan problem. He suggests that certain commonly accepted ideas about the strategic situation in Afghanistan should be reviewed to arrive at more exact interpretations of the “traditional” and “non-traditional” threats and other concepts. He also formulates a concept of systemic securitization for Afghanistan’s future.
Keywords: Afghanistan, traditional and non-traditional threats, terrorism, the Taliban, friction, NATO, ISAF, the regional security complex.
The pullout of the international coalition forces from Afghanistan expected late in 2014 dominates the international agenda. Its future, as well as the future of Central Asia and the world as a whole, has moved to the fore in uncompromising political discussions. The range of assessments and expectations, stretching from alarmist (which predominate) to reassuring, is fairly wide.
The military operation in Afghanistan has been going on for twelve years now; according to certain sources, it has cost the United States about $1 trillion. The pullout, which has been going on for over two years now (as well as the introduction of ISAF into the country, for that matter), has caused a great number of………….