The Good War: NATO and the Liberal Conscience in Afghanistan [NOOK Book]

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Ten years after invading Afghanistan, NATO remains bogged down in a seemingly intractable conflict. But how did an alliance intended for the territorial defense of Europe end up in South Asia in the first place? And why has NATO moved from defense to nation-building since the end of the Cold War? The Good War offers an original and insightful exploration of these questions and argues that NATO, led by the United States, now seeks to instill democracy into 'failed states' as a way of providing for global security....
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Overview

Ten years after invading Afghanistan, NATO remains bogged down in a seemingly intractable conflict. But how did an alliance intended for the territorial defense of Europe end up in South Asia in the first place? And why has NATO moved from defense to nation-building since the end of the Cold War? The Good War offers an original and insightful exploration of these questions and argues that NATO, led by the United States, now seeks to instill democracy into 'failed states' as a way of providing for global security. While this is an amiable goal, the outcome is the paradox of endless liberal wars of intervention that will ultimately fail to produce quick results when fool hardy western ideas meet the reality of life in places such as Afghanistan. Rather than strengthening democracy abroad, this weakens democratic institutions in both the US and Europe. Combining his academic interests with his policy work, M.J. Williams has written a book that is theoretically informed and thought provoking, but also relevant to those actually working on these issues in the field.
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"At a time when innumerable newspaper articles, jourbanal essays and political speeches have added more heat than light to the NATO intervention in Afghanistan, M.J. Williams gives answers with real expertise, the right historical perspective and a sound political judgement. Based on extensive research and interviews with key players on both sides of the Atlantic, this book is essential reading for anyone, layman or strategist, who wants to understand what is really at stake for the Western democracies in Afghanistan." — Dr. Jamie Shea, Director of Policy Planning, NATO HQ
 
"Engaging and illuminating, Williams offers an original and stimulating take on NATO's evolution and the liberal conscience, while at the same time delivering a serious reality check to advocates of democratic imperialism." — Professor Christopher Coker, London School of Economics

"An excellent and comprehensive treatment of the topic." — Conor Foley, author of The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230348875
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 382 KB

Meet the Author

M. J. WILLIAMS is Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London, UK, and Senior Associate Scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington DC, USA. Previously, he was Head of the Transatlantic Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies in London, UK. He is the author of NATO, Security and Risk Management: From Kosovo to Kandahar and co-editor of the critically acclaimed Power in World Politics.
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Table of Contents

Introduction – On Wars: 'Good' and 'Bad'
NATO in an Age of Risk
Empires of Liberty
The Hedgehog and the Fox: Euro-American Visions of 9/11
Soldiers of Misfortune
International (Dis)Organization
Empire Lite
Beyond Crisis: NATO, Afghanistan and Security in a Networked World
Epilogue – Revisiting the Liberal Conscience
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