After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan (Hardback)
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After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 31/07/2008
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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 emigre intellectuals, Ambassador Dobbins introduces a range of colourful 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 short-changed 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 importantly, why the United States has failed to stabilise either Afghanistan or Iraq.

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
ISBN: 9781597970839
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 21 mm


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James Dobbins has written a wise, interesting, and balanced account of the diplomacy surrounding the foundation of the first Afghan government after the fall of the Taliban. Dobbins's book is part memoir and part an explication of how American diplomacy really works. After the Taliban is the first account from the inside about one of the real triumphs of American diplomacy after the Cold War: the creation of the conditions that allowed the Karzai government to emerge. As Dobbins relates, a good deal of the credit for this goes to the Iranians, and a good deal of the problems that have emerged since in Afghanistan are the result of the U.S. underfunding Afghan reconstruction and not committing enough boots on the ground for stability operations. It is a fascinating account of U.S. policymaking at its best and its worst. Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know and Holy War, Inc.--Peter Bergen (05/02/2008)"
One of the wisest and most experienced of America s foreign policy hands skillfully tells what went right and wrong in Afghanistan. This is a timely personal and policy story. Each chapter pulses with thoughtful lessons that were learned or should have been learned. Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor, Washington Post, and author of Bush at War--Bob Woodward (05/02/2008)"
This compact, immensely readable and highly intelligent book could hardly be timelier, since Afghanistan is sure to be in the news for some time to come. Combining personal recollections with a fast-paced narrative and probing analysis, Jim Dobbins sheds fresh light on America s war against the Taliban and on the reconstruction effort that followed. Dobbins is one of the nation s best, smartest, and it is worth emphasizing in the context of the story he tells here bravest diplomats. Given his extensive earlier experience in practicing the twin arts of diplomacy backed by force and force backed by diplomacy, he was the right man for a tough job. And as he demonstrates here, he is also the right chronicler of a high-stakes and still-suspenseful episode in U.S. foreign policy. His book is must reading, with lessons for the future as well as vital insights into the recent past. Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state and author of The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation--Strobe Talbott (05/02/2008)"
After the Taliban is a superb read. U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan James Dobbins was masterful in orchestrating the peace following decades of violence and war. He stood up their nation s fragile participatory government. Those of us on the ground in Afghanistan during the difficult days of 2001 so admired the skill with which he represented America. This book will be a primer in the study of diplomacy for decades to come. Gary Berntsen, former CIA officer and author of Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.--Gary Berntsen (05/02/2008)"
"James Dobbins has written a wise, interesting, and balanced account of the diplomacy surrounding the foundation of the first Afghan government after the fall of the Taliban. Dobbins's book is part memoir and part an explication of how American diplomacy really works. After the Taliban is the first account from the inside about one of the real triumphs of American diplomacy after the Cold War: the creation of the conditions that allowed the Karzai government to emerge. As Dobbins relates, a good deal of the credit for this goes to the Iranians, and a good deal of the problems that have emerged since in Afghanistan are the result of the U.S. underfunding Afghan reconstruction and not committing enough boots on the ground for stability operations. It is a fascinating account of U.S. policymaking at its best and its worst."--Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know and Holy War, Inc.--Peter Bergen (05/02/2008)
"One of the wisest and most experienced of America's foreign policy hands skillfully tells what went right and wrong in Afghanistan. This is a timely personal and policy story. Each chapter pulses with thoughtful lessons that were learned or should have been learned."--Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor, Washington Post, and author of Bush at War--Bob Woodward (05/02/2008)
"This compact, immensely readable and highly intelligent book could hardly be timelier, since Afghanistan is sure to be in the news for some time to come. Combining personal recollections with a fast-paced narrative and probing analysis, Jim Dobbins sheds fresh light on America's war against the Taliban and on the reconstruction effort that followed. Dobbins is one of the nation's best, smartest, and--it is worth emphasizing in the context of the story he tells here--bravest diplomats. Given his extensive earlier experience in practicing the twin arts of diplomacy backed by force and force backed by diplomacy, he was the right man for a tough job. And as he demonstrates here, he is also the right chronicler of a high-stakes and still-suspenseful episode in U.S. foreign policy. His book is must reading, with lessons for the future as well as vital insights into the recent past."--Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state and author of The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation--Strobe Talbott (05/02/2008)
"After the Taliban is a superb read. U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan James Dobbins was masterful in orchestrating the peace following decades of violence and war. He stood up their nation's fragile participatory government. Those of us on the ground in Afghanistan during the difficult days of 2001 so admired the skill with which he represented America. This book will be a primer in the study of diplomacy for decades to come."--Gary Berntsen, former CIA officer and author of Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. --Gary Berntsen (05/02/2008)
-James Dobbins has written a wise, interesting, and balanced account of the diplomacy surrounding the foundation of the first Afghan government after the fall of the Taliban. Dobbins's book is part memoir and part an explication of how American diplomacy really works. After the Taliban is the first account from the inside about one of the real triumphs of American diplomacy after the Cold War: the creation of the conditions that allowed the Karzai government to emerge. As Dobbins relates, a good deal of the credit for this goes to the Iranians, and a good deal of the problems that have emerged since in Afghanistan are the result of the U.S. underfunding Afghan reconstruction and not committing enough boots on the ground for stability operations. It is a fascinating account of U.S. policymaking at its best and its worst.---Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know and Holy War, Inc.--Peter Bergen (05/02/2008)
-One of the wisest and most experienced of America's foreign policy hands skillfully tells what went right and wrong in Afghanistan. This is a timely personal and policy story. Each chapter pulses with thoughtful lessons that were learned or should have been learned.---Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor, Washington Post, and author of Bush at War--Bob Woodward (05/02/2008)
-This compact, immensely readable and highly intelligent book could hardly be timelier, since Afghanistan is sure to be in the news for some time to come. Combining personal recollections with a fast-paced narrative and probing analysis, Jim Dobbins sheds fresh light on America's war against the Taliban and on the reconstruction effort that followed. Dobbins is one of the nation's best, smartest, and--it is worth emphasizing in the context of the story he tells here--bravest diplomats. Given his extensive earlier experience in practicing the twin arts of diplomacy backed by force and force backed by diplomacy, he was the right man for a tough job. And as he demonstrates here, he is also the right chronicler of a high-stakes and still-suspenseful episode in U.S. foreign policy. His book is must reading, with lessons for the future as well as vital insights into the recent past.---Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state and author of The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation--Strobe Talbott (05/02/2008)
-After the Taliban is a superb read. U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan James Dobbins was masterful in orchestrating the peace following decades of violence and war. He stood up their nation's fragile participatory government. Those of us on the ground in Afghanistan during the difficult days of 2001 so admired the skill with which he represented America. This book will be a primer in the study of diplomacy for decades to come.---Gary Berntsen, former CIA officer and author of Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. --Gary Berntsen (05/02/2008)

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