10 Gonz. J. Int'l L. 269 (2006-2007)
Afghanistan's Reconstruction, Five Years Later: Narratives of Progress, Marginalized Realities, and the Politics of Law in a Transnational Islamic Republic

handle is hein.journals/gjil10 and id is 269 raw text is: AFGHANISTAN'S RECONSTRUCTION,
FIVE YEARS LATER: NARRATIVES OF
PROGRESS, MARGINALIZED REALITIES, AND
THE POLITICS OF LAW IN A TRANSITIONAL
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC
Faiz Ahmed*
Cite as: Faiz Ahmed, Afghanistan's Reconstruction, Five Years Later:
Narratives of Progress, Marginalized Realities, and the Politics of Law in a
Transitional Islamic Republic, 10 GONZ. J. INT'L L. 269 (2007), available at
http://www.gonzagajil.org.
1.    IN TRODU CTION  ................................................................................ 269
II.   LIBERATION FOR WHOM?: THE PREVALENCE OF SUSPECTED
WAR CRIMTNALS TN THE TRANSITIONAL AFGHAN GOVERNMENT.. 274
1I1.  HIDDEN COSTS OF RECONSTRUCTION: ACKNOWLEDGING THE
HUMAN TOLL OF THE ONGOING WAR IN AFGHANISTAN ................ 279
IV.   LEGAL REFORM 1N AFGHANISTAN: TOWARDS A RULE OF LAW,
OR  IM POSITION  OF  LAW ? ................................................................. 285
V.    BEYOND CIVILIZING MISSIONS AND ILLUSORY NARRATIVES OF
PROGRESS: REGARDING ACCOUNTABILITY TN AFGHANISTAN
THROUGH  INDIGENOUS M EANS ....................................................... 294
A. An Encouraging Start: The Afghanistan Independent Human
Rights Com m ission  Report ..................................................... 294
B. The Role of Islamic Legal Scholars ........................................... 297
C . R ecom m endations ...................................................................... 306
V I.  C ON CLU SION   ................................................................................... 3 11
I. INTRODUCTION
Autumn 2006 marked the fifth anniversary of a series of notable events
in Afghanistan's recent history: the launch of a U.S.-led invasion of the
country, the fall of the Taliban regime, and the subsequent establishment of
the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan a government now staunchly allied
with the United States and hailed by several international legal and political

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