O.K., it’s about time I put a temporary moratorium on blogging – at least for the next couple of weeks. I will not be able to write here, visit blogs, respond to comments, or leave comments at the dozen or so of my favourite blogs (Farsi and English).
It will be hard, but I must do this.
You guessed it right: schoolwork. I have been working on three major projects for the better part of the last semester, and as the academic year -and my college career- is nearing to a close, I must devote undivided attention to these. The first one is my senior capstone project (in other words the fruit of my four years of labor here) and is situated within the thick of IR-theory and Comparative Politics. The latter two are related to Economic Development, my secondary emphasis.
1. A Year-Long Honors Research Thesis:
Titled: “State Formation, Governance, and Post-War Reconstruction in Afghanistan”
(This paper is a historical analysis of the [failed] state formation processes in Afghanistan beginning with the reign of Amir Abdul Rahman Khan and all the way down to the Bonn Process. It’s central argument is that there has never existed a functioning ‘state’ in the proper sense of the word throughout Afghanistan’s history – thanks to the three culprits of: rentierism, primordialism, and patrimonialism. I can post the abstract here if anybody is interested.)
2. An Independent Study Exploring Economic Development:
Tentative Title: “Prospects for Economic Development in Post-Taliban Afghanistan”
3. A Term-Paper for the course “Financial Markets & Institutions”:
Titled: “The Role of Financial Development in Economic Growth”
And so, as some of the more renegade-minded among us undergraduates would say, yet again schooling has proved to get in the way of my true and wholesome education! I bid you kind readers a temporary farewell, and hope that by the time I am back you will not have forgotten Safrang. I will miss our conversations and exchanges.
-Khuda Hafiz o Nasir!