After the Taliban
Nation-Building in Afghanistan
By (author) James F. Dobbins
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After the Taliban by James F. Dobbins
Book DescriptionIn October 2001, the Bush administration sent Amb. James F. Dobbins, who had overseen nation-building efforts in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, to war-torn Afghanistan to help the Afghans assemble a successor government to the Taliban. From warlords to exiled royalty, from turbaned tribal chieftains to elegant emigre intellectuals, Ambassador Dobbins introduces a range of colourful Afghan figures competing for dominance in the new Afghanistan. His firsthand account of the post-9/11 American diplomacy also reveals how collaboration within Bush's war cabinet began to break down almost as soon as major combat in Afghanistan ceased. His insider's memoir recounts how the administration reluctantly adjusted to its new role as nation-builder, refused to allow American soldiers to conduct peacekeeping operations, opposed dispatching international troops, and short-changed Afghan reconstruction as its attention shifted to Iraq. In"After the Taliban", Dobbins probes the relationship between the Afghan and Iraqi ventures. He demonstrates how each damaged the other, with deceptively easy success in Afghanistan breeding overconfidence and then the latter draining essential resources away from the initial effort. Written by America's most experienced diplomatic troubleshooter, this important new book is for readers looking for insights into how government really works, how diplomacy is actually conducted, and, most importantly, why the United States has failed to stabilise either Afghanistan or Iraq.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781597970839
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Potomac Books Inc
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Publish Date: 28-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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