Human Security and Agency investigates how human security manifests itself in the context of Afghanistan and explores the factors that promote and impede its development. To that end, Nilofar Sakhi examines whether the development of productive power is an effective approach to human security implementation in a country that has experienced numerous development programs, which were designed and implemented to build communities and protect their security. The objective of this book is to move beyond a simple exploration of the causal relationship between human security, structures, and agency and investigate the factors that either promote or impede the implementation of human security. It employs multiple methods of systematic inquiry and engages literature on the socioeconomic and political context in Afghanistan to understand the factors that influence the agency of production, creativity, and control that individuals possess. The combination of well-grounded empirical work and theoretical insights makes this book an invaluable introduction to the study of human security.
Nilofar Sakhi is a Professorial Lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Chapter 1. The Socio-Economic and Political History of Afghanistan and its Impact on Human Agency
Chapter 2. The Concept of Empowerment-Building Human Agency
Chapter 3. Research Methods
Chapter 4. Smart Strategy/Productive Power
In Human Security and Agency: Empowering Locally Led Peacebuilding in Afghanistan, the scholar and activist Nilofar Sakhi illuminates the failure of many development programs to transform Afghan communities and points the way to a more effective approach based on local creativity, productive power, and community control. This fine evidence-based study makes an important contribution to the theory and practice of human security.