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Nematullah Bizhan, "The Danger of Repeating the History of State-Building in Afghanistan"

Mon, Nov 10, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Maurer School of Law Room 213

The Danger of Repeating the History of

State-Building in Afghanistan

Dr. Nematullah Bizhan

Oxford, Princeton, and the Australian National University


In 2001, Afghanistan was a failed state. It posed a major threat to its citizens and to world security.

The subsequent state-building project produced mixed outcomes and yet Afghanistan remained

fragile. Among a complex set of factors, the fiscal base of the Afghan state is important in

explaining the success of state-building and the formation of state-society relations. This presentation

will explore the pattern of aid-dependence in Afghan state-building as well as its political

pathologies and will address what steps Afghanistan took to establish pathways out of aid dependence

and conflict.


Dr. Nematullah Bizhan is a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton Universities. He

received his Ph.D. from the Australian National University (ANU) at the Centre for Arab and

Islamic Studies (CAIS) and holds an M.A. in Development Economics from the Centre for

Development Economics at Williams College (2006). His areas of academic interest and expertise

include the political economy of state-building and state-society relations, international political

economy, development economics, post-conflict development, government accountability, and

aid effectiveness.


Dr. Bizhan has served as Deputy Minister for Youth, Director General for Policy and Monitoring

and Evaluation of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy-Poverty Reduction Strategy,

head of the Secretaries for the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, a high-level coordination

body between the international community and the Afghan government, and has actively

participated in numerous civil society initiatives. He is also a Fellow at the Centre for

Development Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU and is the recipient of a

Fulbright Scholarship and Australian Leadership Award.

Sponsored by:

Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center

Islamic Studies Program

Department of Political Science

ANU-IU Pan Asia