Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Adam Sabra

Second Advisor

Dr. David Ede

Third Advisor

Dr. Mustafa Mughazy


In central Asia lies a country that has been plagued by chaos for close to half a century. Civil wars, the Soviet occupations, and the Taliban have created havoc for the citizens of the nation, leaving them in poverty and without stability. Only in the last few years has this way of life been slowly changing in Afghanistan. For a short while, the world paid attention to this often forgotten country. Money started to flow into the country. Affairs became mentioned nightly on news broadcasts. Steps began to be taken toward democracy. Efforts have been taken at capturing the Taliban, and Osama bin Laden. Then the desire to remove Saddam Hussein from office in Iraq over shadowed Afghanistan, and it remains in the shadows today. As the amount of press the war in Iraq generates, it is almost easy to forget the presence of American and other foreign troops in Afghanistan. They are there, still searching for Osama bin Laden and the Taliban that are hiding in the mountains, plotting attacks around the country. Afghanistan is back to where it was before; on the back burner of the worlds' mind.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only