Date of Award

Summer 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Building and Construction Management


Building Construction Management

First Advisor

Kirk Alter

Committee Chair

Kirk Alter

Committee Member 1

Daniel Aldrich

Committee Member 2

Mark Shaurette


Armed conflicts have left numerous marks on the history of mankind and still continue to do so. They have resulted in considerable damage to the social and physical fabric of the society. Millions of people both in the past and present have been suffering from the consequences of this unfortunate man-made disaster. Yet we see a continuing trend that seems to be resistant to any change despite efforts on a global level. This study sets out to understand the nature of reconstruction and development after armed conflicts with a focus on Afghanistan. After more than a decade of expended efforts, billions of dollars and sacrificed lives, desired results and set objectives have not been achieved by the international community and the Afghan government. This process of rebuilding Afghanistan seems to be a non-integrated effort on the part of the international community and the Afghan government, which has resulted in a process of development and reconstruction that is unsustainable, especially after the withdrawal of the international forces in 2014. The aim of this study is to identify and understand the nature and complexity of the challenges and impediments in this process. It attempts to catalog and discuss the problems and obstacles in this process of reconstruction & development by establishing a conceptual framework of the main issues.