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5 March 2012

Quran Copy Burning in Afghanistan and the US 'Exit' Strategy

Red exit sign, courtesy of CAPL
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The way out

The spate of violence and demonstrations that have erupted in Afghanistan over the issue of the Holy Quran copy burning (20 February 2012) has raised several important questions. What does explain the high level of violence this time around especially when reactions to previous such episodes have been relatively more muted or limited? What do these violent acts signify? Who are the real instigators behind the protests and what are their motives? What does this portend for Afghanistan’s stability and the United States’ strategy in the near and long-term?

© 2012 National University of Singapore

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Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

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