Tarsha Finney, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, writing for The Conversation. Read more here.

It’s hardly surprising that villagers around Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, 60 km’s from Kabul, are rioting. What’s curious is that it doesn’t happen more often.

What is fascinating about Afghanistan is how its infrastructural capacities – hardware, pools of unskilled labour, airports, marketplaces – add to the country’s tacit support for each new game-player on its territory: be it Britain, Soviet Russia, the US or the Taliban.

These are the unaligned skilled economies that develop around wars; economies that up until now have seemingly shifted from side to side irrespective of outcome and eventual master.

Much of the Material in this essay was originally published as The Infrastructures of Stability in AD Post-Traumatic Urbanism.