Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2007

In Osteuropa 8-9/2007

The Failure of the State in Tajikistan
Local Rule after the Civil War

Gunda Wiegmann

Deutsche Fassung


After independence, Tajikistan descended into civil war. The reconstruction of the state is unfolding with difficulty. Local authorities, non-government organisations and international organisations make public goods available to the regional villages that had formerly supported the opposition. The situation is difficult in the regions where loyalists to the Dushanbe regime live. International aide rarely makes its way there. The United Nations are trying to promote state building from below by means of local projects. But the reestablishment of a central state is indispensable.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2007, pp. 225–236)