From Africa to Afghanistan: With Richards and Nato to Kabul

Overview

From Africa to Afghanistan details Greg Mills' four months as special adviser to the Commander of the Ninth International Security Assistance Force (ISAF IX) in Afghanistan to help establish and run a civilian think-tank, the Prism Group, within the headquarters in Kabul. It highlights the difficulty of rebuilding a failed state through external assistance, a lesson which translates across borders and continents to Africa and elsewhere. Mills, the "adventurer-academic" and "soldier-analyst," has managed to write ...

See more details below
Paperback
$31.34
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$37.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (1) from $31.99   
  • Used (1) from $31.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

From Africa to Afghanistan details Greg Mills' four months as special adviser to the Commander of the Ninth International Security Assistance Force (ISAF IX) in Afghanistan to help establish and run a civilian think-tank, the Prism Group, within the headquarters in Kabul. It highlights the difficulty of rebuilding a failed state through external assistance, a lesson which translates across borders and continents to Africa and elsewhere. Mills, the "adventurer-academic" and "soldier-analyst," has managed to write a book that is entertaining, informative and thought-provoking all at the same time.

Greg Mills heads the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation. An associate research fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) for Defence and Security Studies, he previously (1996-2005) directed the South African Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Security Intersection and the award-winning Wired Model, and has twice been nominated for the Alan Paton award.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781868144501
  • Publisher: Witwatersrand University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2007
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Mills is national director of the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Foreword   Rory Stewart     x
Select Glossary     xiii
Modern Afghanistan Timeline     xiv
Acknowledgements     xvi
Introduction: Why Afghanistan?     xix
The Place     1
Bahrain to Islamabad     2
First sniff of the air     6
Early days     12
Soviet lessons for NATO     15
A new Great (NGO) Game     20
Land and the economy     23
Draining the swamp, tending Gardez     27
Get rich by making things and selling them     35
Groundhog Day in the bunny garden     39
CUA and 'Hoohah!' - one people separated by a common language     43
Failed states, governance and nation-building     49
Black Hawk up to Bagram     54
Where Bond meets Blofeld? Art Deco in Naglu     59
Heat, dust and knowledge     63
Two visions for the Middle East     66
The People     69
Commander and master diplomat     70
From muj to politician: the other Mohammed Atta     73
The new imperialists?     76
Kabul's TV anti-hero     81
Big dogs, Scotsmen and the midday sun     85
Cool Afghan hand - and head     92
Man in the shadows     97
Of heroes and amputees     101
Glimmers on the ground     105
How Special Forces?     109
The Process     113
Lessons and ghosts in countering insurgency     114
Imperialism and legitimacy     120
The unbearable consequences of lightness     125
Lessons from Somalia     129
Searching for the golden thread: lessons from Bosnia and Kosovo     134
First principles and contemporary constraints in countering insurgency     141
Killing Escobar's image, building a Colombian state     145
Club Med to Liberia?     156
Who's to blame for the Middle East crisis?     162
What makes Israel prosperous?     167
Using soft power wisely     169
The Middle East's 2006 annus horribilis     171
Separating information, analysis and advice     176
The media arc - glasses half empty?     179
More than nuts, marble and fruit: dealing with drugs     188
Asymmetric means - and ends     194
The eighth pillar of wisdom?     197
Time to talk to the Taliban?     200
Conclusion: With Richards in Uruzgan: quo vadis peace-building?     204
Postscript     219
Eight questions for the general     220
Mixed emotions     224
Select Bibliography     228
Select Index     230
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)