Accession Number : ADA467117

Title :   Understanding Warlordism

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Hwang, Benjamin E.

PDF Url : ADA467117

Report Date : MAR 2007

Pagination or Media Count : 93

Abstract : The purpose of this thesis is to understand warlordism and, in particular, the warlord environment in Afghanistan. Weak central authority in the state of Afghanistan has been a political tradition due largely to a patronage system of governance. This weak political structure allows warlord military organizations to draw resources from the environment. Warlord organizations use armed force to access these resources. Warlords also wield political power and use their military organizations as a base to expand their power and fame. There are numerous population bases of support, and not all are good for the growth of stable organizations. However, warlords are able to develop their political organizations reliably because of the stability provided by their military organizations. Because of these factors, the warlord Ahmed Rashid Dostum, a man with minimal political education, has slowly but surely built a political organization based on ethnicity.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *ECONOMICS, *ETHNIC GROUPS, *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, *AFGHANISTAN, *POWER, *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), STABILITY, DRUG SMUGGLING, GLOBALIZATION, POPPY PLANTS, OPIUM ALKALOIDS, FOREIGN AID, INDIGENOUS POPULATION, CRUDE OIL, CRIMES, NATURAL GAS, FINANCE, PUBLIC RELATIONS, THESES, ORGANIZATION THEORY, CASE STUDIES, HISTORY

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE