What have been the experiences and lessons learned from reconstruction activities which have followed wars over the past ten years? With recent events both in Afghanistan and Iraq and frequent talk of on-going conflicts, this question preoccupies politicians, aid donors and the media as never before. “After the Conflict” draws together the main issues and arguments on the subject into a single volume emanating from the University of York’s Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), renowned as the world’s leading research centre dedicated to the study of the aftermath of war. Examining case studies from war and post-war reconstruction scenarios around the world, this book sets out a philosophy of reconstruction that has emerged from extensive original research at PRDU. This has concluded that solutions to successful post-war reconstruction needs are to be found locally, within the communities affected by conflict and that therein lies the best hope of achieving lasting, sustainable outcomes.< ISBN: 1850434638 Publisher: I.B.TAURIS Subtitle: RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE AFTERMATH OF WAR Author: SULTAN BARAKAT
The Pakistan Army is a uniquely powerful and influential institution, with vast landholdings and resources. It has deep roots in the colonial armed forces and relies heavily on certain regions to supply its soldiers, especially parts of rural Punjab, where men have served in the army for generations. These men, their wives and mothers, and the military culture surrounding them are the focus of Maria Rashid’s Dying to Serve, which innovatively and sensitively addresses the question: how does the military thrive when so much of its work results in injury, debility, and death? Taking ritual commemorations of fallen soldiers as one critical site of study, Rashid argues that these “spectacles of mourning” are careful manipulations of affect, gendered and structured by the military to reinforce its omnipotence in the lives of its subjects. Grounding her study in the famed martial district of Chakwal, Rashid finds affect similarly deployed in recruitment and training practices, as well as management of death and compensation to families. She contends that understanding these affective technologies is crucial to challenging the appeal of the military institution globally. ISBN: 9789697834327 Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS Subtitle: MILITARISM, AFFECT, AND THE POLITICS OF SACRIFICE IN THE PAKISTAN ARMY Author: MARIA RASHID
Academics and policy makers have grown increasingly interested in the ways that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) may encourage better governance, democratic politics, and perhaps ultimately a global civil society. However, critics of these organisations have pointed out that NGOs tend to be undemocratic in their internal politics, they speak for groups of people to whom they are not accountable through elections or financial support and they often represent the interests of people in wealthy countries at the expense of truly indigenous people. The main questions revolve around whether and how NGOs actually lead to democratisation, and the ways in which NGOs relate to broader global forces.
In Civil Society, Globalization and Political Change in Asia, Robert Weller has brought together an international group of experts on the subject whose chapters address these questions through a series of extensive case studies from east and southeast Asia including Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. ISBN: 0415343011 Publisher: ROUTLEDGE Subtitle: ORGANISING BETWEEN FAMILY AND STATE Author: ROBERT P WELLER