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Lehigh University

2014

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Still Waters Run Deep: Community-Based Water Management As A Case For Ethnofederalism In Afghanistan, Joel Blaxland Jan 2014

Still Waters Run Deep: Community-Based Water Management As A Case For Ethnofederalism In Afghanistan, Joel Blaxland

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis explores how, for more than four millennia, neighboring Afghan tribal communities have exercised highly decentralized, community-based freshwater management practices. I argue that these practices can act as both a model for how to structure Afghan polity at large as well as a global lesson in environmental resource management. The staying-power of these highly decentralized institutions is especially confounding for US policymakers because despite enduring nearly three decades of unrelenting violent conflict, these community-based freshwater management practices have remained a bulwark against "modern" western capitalist expansionism. These management practices are exceptionally resilient because they draw their strength from the ...