The Tribal World of Afghanistan

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Afghanistan is less a country and more an arbitrarily combined group of tribes. The Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks reside within the same nation only because foreign powers drew the international borders based on their own interests. Any long-term solution to instability in Afghanistan must take into account the tribal nature of the nation. This hour, we explore the four major tribes that make up Afghanistan and examine the long-term prospects for peace in the region.


Qayum Karzai, founder of Afghans for a Civil Society

his brother is the leader of the Taliban opposition group in the South;
Peter Tomson, former Ambassador to Afghanistan from 1989-1992;
David Morgan, Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin

This program aired on October 10, 2001.


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