The Demodernisation of an Army: Northern Afghanistan, 1992-2001
Small Wars & Insurgencies
After the fall of the communist regime in Afghanistan, remnants of the Afghan regular army organized themselves into one of the factional armies which filled the vacuum created by the collapse of the Afghan state. Initially, this army maintained features similar to those of the regular forces from which it came, but over the years it developed into something closer and closer to the militias which occupied most of the rest of the country. The article tries to explain the causes of this transformation.