Press and ethnic polarization in post-2001 Afghanistan: the 2014 presidential election experience

SAHAR, Arif and SAHAR, Aqila (2015). Press and ethnic polarization in post-2001 Afghanistan: the 2014 presidential election experience. Central Asian Survey, 35 (1), 105-120.

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    This article analyses the contents of three newspapers affiliated with the Tajik-dominated Jamiat and Shura-e-Nezar factions that were deployed during the 2014 presidential election to publicize ethno-political polarization for instrumental ends. The practice of nurturing ethnic identities serves as a microcosm of the broader context in which identity politics, besides coalition-building, rent-seeking, and patrimonial interdependencies, has become a key feature of post-2001 politics. This article focuses on how these factions used these newspapers to polarize ethnic cleavages to win legitimacy for themselves and defamation for their Pashtun-dominated rival factions – Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin and the Taliban. It will be years before the ethnic mujahedeen and muhajereen and the new generation reach a mutually binding and working condition that facilitates the country's long-term stability. Reaching this condition is critical because the future of Afghanistan lies in the commitment of its people to form a united community that resolves disputes in the manner of a democratic nation.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: MD Multidisciplinary; Political Science & Public Administration
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    Page Range: 105-120
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 13:25
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 13:25

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