Afghanistan: Post-Modernizing a Pre-Modern Society?
Liviu Bogdan Vlad
Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest
Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
September 15, 2009
Romanian Journal of European Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 3, September 2009
The defined purpose of this paper is to analyse the phenomenon of post-modernizing pre-modern societies, having as example the case of Afghanistan. Assuming that political modernity implies the existence of a centralized state, we will show that there never was a modern period in the history of Afghanistan. The last part of this paper focuses on presenting the impact that the phenomenon of post-modernization has had on Afghanistan, by analysing four characteristics of the contemporary world - the world after the collapse of the Soviet Union: the critique of the fungible character of power; the privatisation of security; the new types of wars; the regionalization and fragmentation of the world. The dilemma that needs to be solved is that of surpassing the risks brought about by the co-existence of three levels of evolution: the pre-modern level (the segmented Afghan society), the modern level (the attempt to found a centralized state), the post-modern level (the attempt to anchor the new-founded state in the global system, from a political, economic and cultural point of view).
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: geopolitics, International Relations, modernism, postmodernism, politicsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 20, 2009
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