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Afghanistan Before the Invasions: The Subversion of Democracy in 1973

Afghanistan Before the Invasions: The Subversion of Democracy in 1973

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Title: Afghanistan Before the Invasions: The Subversion of Democracy in 1973
Author: Ramyar, Khalida
Abstract: Using the Wikileaks PlusD Archive of US State Department cables from Kabul in 1973, this thesis presents an analysis of the politics of the Helmand Water Treaty between Afghanistan and Iran and the role of the US in Afghanistan's politics at the time. The analysis of the cables shows: a) that US policy was directed towards the promotion of neoliberalism in Afghanistan; b) that Afghanistan in 1973 was the site of a largely neglected struggle for democracy, and c) that the US, as well as the Afghan establishment, worked together to suppress this democratic struggle. These broader political dynamics are illustrated through a focus on the Helmand Water Treaty as discussed in the cables.
Subject: Sociology
Political Science
International relations
Keywords: Afghanistan
Helmand Water Treaty
Wikileaks
US Foreign Policy
Neoliberalism
Foucault
Said
Abdel-Malek
Orientalism
Rudyard Kipling
NATO
Iran
Shafiq
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/30649
Supervisor: Das Gupta, Tania
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Sociology
Exam date: 2015-06-15
Publish on: 2015-12-16

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