After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan

After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan

by James F Dobbins
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597970832

ISBN-13: 9781597970839

Pub. Date: 07/31/2008

Publisher: Potomac Books


In 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 émigré intellectuals, Ambassador

Overview


In 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 émigré intellectuals, Ambassador Dobbins introduces a range of colorful 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 shortchanged 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 important why the United States has failed to stabilize either Afghanistan or Iraq.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597970839
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
First Contact     1
One More Mission     11
Getting Set     21
Laying the Groundwork     39
On the Road     51
A Small Town in Germany     67
At the Petersberg     77
The Inauguration     99
Nation-Building     117
Afterward     145
The Return of the Taliban     157
Index     169
About the Author     179

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