Enforced Hospitality: Local Perceptions of the Legitimacy of International Forces in Afghanistan
2014 (English)In: Civil Wars, ISSN 1369-8249, Vol. 16, no 4, 425-448 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
While local mission legitimacy has prompted intense political and academic attention in the context of peace operations, our grasp of how host citizens understand the legitimacy of international troops remains limited. This article explores how Afghan citizens perceive the legitimacy of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops. A qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with citizens in Kabul deepens our understanding of how ideational and security-related concerns interact and shape local perceptions of legitimacy through two oppositional discursive frames: a liberation frame and an occupation frame. The findings suggest that local mission legitimacy builds on the perceived will and capacity of ISAF troops to help and protect Afghans in ways that are in accordance with Afghan, most notably Islamic, ways of life. The article concludes that ISAF troops are widely perceived to have failed on both ideational and security-based grounds.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 16, no 4, 425-448 p.
legitimacy, local perceptions, ISAF, Afghanistan, international forces, local population, frames, fieldwork
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject Peace and Conflict Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248052DOI: 10.1080/13698249.2014.984383OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-248052DiVA: diva2:798454