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The Afghan Ministry of Refugees: an Unruly Trainee in State Capacity Building

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This article looks at the interactions between the officials of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s mission in Afghanistan and the heads of the Afghan Ministry of Refugees in the mid-2000s. It examines the rationales that guide officials at both the UNHCR and the ministry, as a way of unpacking the politics of state capacity building in post-2001 Afghanistan. The first section looks at the tense relationship between the two bodies from the point of view of UN officials, who strive to redress a ministry portrayed as ‘incapable’. By looking in turn at the fundaments of the political legitimacy of the Afghan state, at how international intervention transforms the Afghan political arena, and at Afghanistan’s position in global power relations, the following sections identify three rationales that can be ascribed to ministry officials, namely reconciling internal and external state legitimacy, strategic resource tapping and resistance to inter-state hegemony. From its standpoint at the juncture between an ‘external’ and a ‘local’ institution, the article ultimately stresses the importance of gaining epistemological distance from the peace building project in order to consider ‘local’ actors as full political actors.
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hal-04282499 , version 1 (13-11-2023)

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Giulia Scalettaris. The Afghan Ministry of Refugees: an Unruly Trainee in State Capacity Building. Third World Quarterly, 2020, Third World Quarterly, 41 (1), pp.151-167. ⟨10.1080/01436597.2019.1662289⟩. ⟨hal-04282499⟩
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