Intervention where are they now dallas

Michael Daxner

On my own behalf, and yet not. I have been working in and for Afghanistan for 14 years. Hundreds of pages of diaries, several research projects, more than 30 publications, and a strong personal connection to the country, its people and the topic have shaped a very decent part of my life. Across the disciplines, I was most interested in how an intervention changes the society of the intervening country and that of the interveners. I had already called that in Kosovo the anthropology of interventions. Now - after I no longer go to Afghanistan for security reasons and deal more with the refugees and the diaspora here in Germany - I have completed a monograph that is theoretically based on the topic of the INTERVENTION SOCIETY and clarifies it using AFGHANISTAN. An essay that no longer has to worry about academic competition or reputation and forms a preliminary conclusion to my work on Afghanistan.

The book will be presented in June, and I will invite you separately. You can order the book immediately; it is written in English so that it can also be used in Anglo-Saxon countries.


“Military interventions for humanitarian reasons are a normal occurrence in international politics. Often they are supposed to enforce peace where a state is no longer able to regulate its conflicts; they often also serve to replace governments, constitutions or the protection of minorities, respectively. marginalized parts of the population. I am not talking about wars of conquest or violent measures to expand one's own sphere of influence, although such
Interests always play a role. Interventions aim to end or contain conflicts in a country. But they also bring conflicts with them. From these new forms of society emerge, which I INTERVENTION SOCIETIES
name. "

Michael Daxner
An Essay on Conflicts in Afghanistan
and other military interventions
BIS publishing house
Oldenburg 2017
263 pages
ISBN 978-3-8142-2358-2
€ 22,80
BIS publishing house
the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
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Michael Daxner
An Essay on Conflicts in Afghanistan and other Military Interventions

An essay on conflicts in Afghanistan and
in other military interventions

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Michael Daxner:
“Germany was involved in the creation of a very typical intervention society in Kosovo (from 1999) and was heavily involved in the intervention in Afghanistan after 2001. Germany is thus assuming responsibility and liability for the intervening country. It is therefore important to know what is happening in Afghan society, but also in our country, when we take part in such interventions.
In Afghanistan we can study the various manifestations and forms of an intervention society particularly well. The last intervention, which will hopefully bring the country a stable and peaceful future, is not the first for this poor country marked by violence, civil war, displacement, flight and return. In my essay I describe the situation of SOCIETY, which is affected and marked in all parts by the intervention. To this end, I develop a concept of intervention societies, which I then implement for Afghanistan and other interventions. I am not primarily interested in the STATE and statehood, but in the emergence of a new form of society in which the interveners have their share. It is an entanglement and not a one-dimensional rule as in colonial times, although the balance of power is of course not balanced.
I am trying to explain, among other things, why and how a new middle class is emerging that is neither authentically Afghan nor imported from the West, but rather “newly” emerged from the experience of violence and war and set itself apart from other classes, elites above and the poor below . Topics such as urbanization, secularization and contradictions in communication are discussed.
I call this text an essay because it is an attempt to argue from all disciplines and perspectives and cannot be squeezed into a technical narrowing. After 14 years of working in Afghanistan and with Afghan people, the attempt remains to describe a situation in which the good future for the country is anything but certain.
If military interventions accompany the building of a new state, they can never achieve it; at best they can help to consolidate this state's monopoly on the use of force.
Development cooperation, too, can only make contributions, but cannot fortify such a state according to plan. There can only be peaceful development if people work for them - not for us! - find valid answers to the question: How do we want to live? Without this answer, they will leave their country or fall into violence again. "

From the content:
A theory-based concept of intervention societies enriched by practical experience is developed. Daxner draws on research in connection with the long-term study on security and development of the Collaborative Research Center 700 at the Free University of Berlin and builds on years of preparatory work in the field of conflict research. The repercussions of military interventions on the discourses at home are also taken up again (“home discourse”).
This is followed by the question of what the intervention has to do with the practices of power distribution and governance. The main aim is to find the junction between regulatory institutions and the real world of real people, i.e. the population, in the shadow of the intervention.
A large section focuses on the new social structure; Above all, the replacement of the old middle class with a new, young, urban middle class, which will certainly be able to form the backbone of social renewal - or to retreat into old structures.
There is no area of ​​the country where the intervention is not working - it has deeply impregnated the new society. We can only understand this if we take an empathetic look at the living conditions of the people in Afghanistan and constantly keep an eye on our liability as members of the interveners.

Michael Daxner: A Society of Intervention
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