Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan: Nation-building and combating Al-Qaeda's ideology
This book explores the threats posed by al Qaeda in Afghanistan and examines the Western narrative of whether it is necessary to eliminate the militant threat in order to stabilize the country. It is argued that Al Qaeda's ideology has now become stronger than its ability to threaten international security; that its aim to become an agent of change within the Muslim world has come to outweigh the threat attributed to it as a conventional, kinetic, and terrorist entity. The current instability within Afghanistan is not due to al Qaeda's physical presence there but rather an amalgamation of factors. It will be argued that the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 has contributed to Al Qaeda's weakening there but it has not contributed to stabilize Afghanistan itself. The instability in Afghanistan will require a strong, long-term commitment by the international community, while the fight against Al Qaeda will require more focus on combating its ideology, and less on military action. Matthew Bugeja is a dual American-Maltese citizen, residing in Malta. He completed his Bachelor's degree - with Honors - in International Relations from the University of Malta, with his dissertation being focused on the Iraqi insurgency. He then went on to complete his Master's degree in International Relations, with the focus again being on conflict and irregular warfare. The author currently is a full-time Research Analyst with the Maltese Government. He also is a Visiting Assistant Lecturer at the University of Malta, lecturing on relations between India & Pakistan, and a Security Analyst with a private intelligence company.
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