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Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan$
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Dana Burde

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169288

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169288.001.0001

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Education for Stability

Education for Stability

(p.89) 4 Education for Stability
Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan

Dana Burde

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the conflict between education interventions and stabilization operations in Afghanistan. When stabilization operations are deployed, uneven or unequal access to education is more likely to occur. This happens when one community's educational needs are undermined while those of other communities are not, thus exacerbating or creating horizontal inequalities. For example, if ethnic divisions are a possible source of conflict, the mere appearance of one group being favored over another may escalate tensions. The chapter argues that aids can be more effective if these follow humanitarian principles—of neutrality, independence, and impartiality—as well as adheres to “do no harm“ principle. The chapter considers the event when U.S. stabilization operations are utilized in an effort to aid civil war victims under the Taliban rule.

Keywords:   education interventions, stabilization operations, Afghanistan, access to education, horizontal inequalities, U.S. stabilization operations, Taliban rule

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