Crews, who is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University, and Tarzi, a regional analyst for Radio Free Europe, have assembled eight essays by leading scholars of Afghan history, politics, society and culture that debate issues vital to the west's counter-insurgency effort. An issue that deserves more attention in the ongoing struggle for Afghanistan, is that the Taliban earned popular approval by disarming militias and criminal groups and imposing strict discipline, as Nazif Shahrani explains in his essay on Talibanism in Historical Perspective.
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