Dr. Antonio Giustozzi is a Research Fellow at the Crisis States Research Centre at the London School of Economics. He is the author of several articles and papers on Afghanistan, as well as of two books, “War, Politics and Society in Afghanistan, 1978-1992” (Georgetown University Press) and “Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency, 2002-7” (Columbia University Press). His next book, “Empires of Mud: War and Warlords in Afghanistan,” will appear in 2008. He is currently researching issues of governance in Afghanistan.
Over the last few years the Afghan National Army (ANA) has often been presented as a success story. This certainly holds some truth, at least in comparison with Afghanistan’s national