This volume of essays is the edited result of a conference at Australian National University and represents both a valuable contribution to the literature and a good companion to Edward R. Girardet's Afghanistan--The Soviet War ( LJ 12/1/85). Maley's criticism of the Geneva Accords dispels any impression that their signing will bring peace. Saikel's ``scenario'' for Soviet efforts to ``Afghanise'' the war seems tragically confirmed. The West's preeminent expert on the country, the late Louis Dupree, explains the great obstacles facing the complex Mujahideen resistance in creating a successor regime. Unfortunately, this volume adds little to help understand Soviet decision making or Soviet Central Asia. Recommended for academic libraries with large collections in international relations.-- Zachary T. Irwin, Behrend Coll., Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie
From the Publisher
"...this book...serves very well as a guide to where things stood at the time of the Geneva accords of 1988 and the beginning of the withdrawal of Soviet troops." Foreign Affairs
Preface; 1. Introduction Amin Saikal and William Maley; 2. The Geneva Accords of April 1988 William Maley; 3. Post-withdrawal Afghanistan: light at the end of the tunnel Louis Dupree; 4. The regional politics of the Afghan crisis Amin Saikal; 5. The Afghan conflict and soviet domestic politics T. H. Rigby; 6. The soviet armed forces and the Afghan war Geoffrey Jukes; 7. Afghanistan and soviet alliances Robert F. Miller; 8. Afghanistan and Sino-soviet relations Leslie Holmes; 9. The Afghanistan 'settlement' and the future of world politics Richard A. Falk; 10. Conclusions: management of the Afghan crisis J. L. Richardson; List of contributors; Index.