Date of Degree

2-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Political Science

Advisor

Zachary Shirkey

Subject Categories

International Relations

Keywords

Afghanistan

Abstract

Despite 45 years of conflict, violence still thrives unwaveringly in Afghanistan. In a war charged with ambitious domestic actors and destructive regional states, peace is nowhere in sight in Afghanistan. The interaction between the actors of a conflict play a significant role in shaping the course of a war. Likewise, the interaction between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s regional states play an important role in intensifying the war. How are regional actors emboldening the Taliban? What roles do hostile regional states play in the Afghan war? This paper answers these questions by unprecedentedly identifying and examining all of the regional states that have been playing a destructive role in the war in Afghanistan.

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