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Necessary War: What America Needs to Know about the War in Afghanistan

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Pessimism abounds in Afghanistan. Violence, NATO casualties, corruption, drug production, and public disapproval in the United States are at record levels. Yet the stabilization and reconstruction effort in Afghanistan has gone better than is widely believed. Critics of the war effort have drawn misguided lessons from cartoonish and caricatured versions of Afghan history -- comparing the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the armies of Alexander the Great, William Elphinstone, or Boris Gromov -- to...
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Overview

Pessimism abounds in Afghanistan. Violence, NATO casualties, corruption, drug production, and public disapproval in the United States are at record levels. Yet the stabilization and reconstruction effort in Afghanistan has gone better than is widely believed. Critics of the war effort have drawn misguided lessons from cartoonish and caricatured versions of Afghan history -- comparing the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the armies of Alexander the Great, William Elphinstone, or Boris Gromov -- to conclude that the laws of history bar foreign militaries from accomplishing anything in the land of the Hindu Kush.
In fact, the war in Afghanistan is important, just, and winnable. As the international community transitions to Afghan leadership in security operations by 2014, a renewed effort to compel Pakistan to stop support for militants coupled with greater investment in the Afghan government's capacity will enable the United States to achieve its core goals-and Afghanistan will have a genuine chance of becoming stable for the first time in a generation. Although serious challenges remain, victory is attainable -- if the troops and their civilian counterparts are given time to complete their mission.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615691831
  • Publisher: The Cicero Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Paul D. Miller is an Assistant Professor of International Security Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He previously served as Director for Afghanistan on the National Security Council staff from September 2007 to September 2009. He supported the 2008 and 2009 Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy reviews for the Bush and Obama Administrations. He served as a political analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency specializing in South Asia prior to his work in the White House. He also serves as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002.

Dr. Miller holds a PhD from Georgetown University in International Relations and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. He lives in Cheverly, MD, with his wife and two children.

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