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The Nature of the State in Afghanistan and Its Relations with Neighboring Countries


  • Suzuki, Hitoshi


Since the formation of Afghanistan, its nature as a Pashtun state has affected all its international relations. On the other hand, the fact that it was originally established as a buffer state between Britain and Russia still governs its national integration. In this article I examine Afghanistan's relations with its neighbors through an investigation of its history and the present conditions of its borders with its southern, western and northern neighbors. My aim is to obtain an overall perspective of Afghanistan's relations with its neighbors, historically decisive elements, and the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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  • Suzuki, Hitoshi, 2006. "The Nature of the State in Afghanistan and Its Relations with Neighboring Countries," IDE Discussion Papers 72, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper72

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    Afghanistan; Bordering countries; Durand Line; September 11; State; International relations; アフガニスタン; 国家; 国際関係;

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