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Afghanistan : graveyard of empires : a new history of the borderlands

Author: David C Isby
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Pegasus Books edView all editions and formats
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Veteran defense analyst and Afghanistan expert David Isby provides an insightful and meticulously researched look at the current situation in Afghanistan, its history, and what he believes must be done so that the US-NATO coalition can succeed in one of the poorest countries in the world, rife with divisions that dwarf current schisms in Iraq, led by warlords who fight over control of the drug trade as much as they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David C Isby
ISBN: 9781605980829 : 160598082X
OCLC Number: 317919816
Notes: Subtitle on dust jacket is : Graveyard of empires : a new history of the borderland.
Description: xxii, 440 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: Out of the vortex --
pt. 1. Lands in the vortex. Afghanistan: a country defined by conflicts --
Dwellers in the vortex --
Pakistan in the vortex --
pt. 2. Threats from the vortex. Transnational terrorism --
Afghan insurgents --
Afghan narcotics --
Afghanistan's internal conflicts --
Pakistan's insurgency --
pt. 3. Winning the conflicts. Countering Afghanistan's insurgency --
Aid and development --
Conclusion: the future.
Other Titles: Graveyard of empires : a new history of the borderlands
Responsibility: David Isby.

Abstract:

Veteran defense analyst and Afghanistan expert David Isby provides an insightful and meticulously researched look at the current situation in Afghanistan, its history, and what he believes must be done so that the US-NATO coalition can succeed in one of the poorest countries in the world, rife with divisions that dwarf current schisms in Iraq, led by warlords who fight over control of the drug trade as much as they do over religion. After seven years and billions of dollars, the task of implementing an effective US policy and cementing Afghani rule is hampered by what Isby sees as separate but overlapping conflicts between terrorism, narcotics, and regional rivalries, each requiring different strategies to resolve. Pulling these various threads together will be the challenge for the Obama administration, yet it is a challenge that can be met.--From publisher description.
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