Accession Number : ADA536602


Title :   A Net Shift for Afghanistan


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Arquilla, John


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a536602.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 17


Abstract : Some three millennia ago, the Persian philosopher Zoroaster dubbed mountainous Afghanistan the land of the high flags. But there is far more to its identity than the powerful shaping influence of terrain upon its culture; there is above all the paradox of the Afghan peoples themselves. Xenophobic from time immemorial, they are nonetheless a mix of Aryans, Greeks, Chinese, Indians, Mongols, and others. Quintessentially isolationist, their country has always been a crossroads of trade and conquest. Indeed, the great city of Kandahar -the true capital of the Taliban- is named after Alexander the Great, who tarried there. And so for all the cool distance conveyed by the notion of the high flags, the deeper story of Afghanistan is one of a mass mixing of peoples and of a crucial hub in the infrastructure of East-West interconnection. In short, it is a land comprised of dense, ancient social and physical networks.


Descriptors :   *AFGHANISTAN , MILITARY HISTORY , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE , GUERRILLA WARFARE , INSURGENCY , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , TERRORISTS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE