Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 October 2011

350 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199062980

Bookseller Code (06)

Trust is the Coin of the Realm

Lessons from the Money Men in Afghanistan

Edwina Thompson

  • Easy, accessible style despite technical content
  • Combined theoretical quality and empirical scope
  • Policy relevance - after 8 years of conflict and development assistance, a solution to Afghanistan's problems still eludes policymakers in the world's capitals. This book presents a fresh look at why state-building efforts have failed, and encourages more open dialogue between external reformers and the local institutions they seek to engage, and often disrupt
  • Author is a white, Western woman who conducted interviews at the height of the war on terror on Afghanistan within Afghanistan
  • Book on trust, based on interviews that also required a high degree of trust between author and subjects in the 'underworld' (mainly 'money-men' whose activities blended with the illegal trade in opium)

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