The Army of Afghanistan: A Political History of a Fragile Institution (Hardback)Antonio Giustozzi (author)
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Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 25 mm
America has spent 60 billion dollars building up the Afghan army. Today it is certainly big, but why is it not more capable? Giustozzi explores the troubled development of this 'fragile institution' in the context of state formation and the successive political settlements of Afghanistan's conflict-prone past. An authoritative and timely book. -- Professor Theo Farrell, Head of the Department of War Studies
Over the last decade, Antonio Giustozzi's books and articles concerning Afghanistan have established him as one of the world's leading scholars of country, its politics, and conflicts. This most recent book cements his reputation. It represents the first systematic history of a neglected topic - the Afghan Army - and Giustozzi rightly focuses his sophisticated analysis on the politics of this institution and its patrons and clients. This book is both enlightening and persuasive and deserves wide readership from students, scholars, and policymakers of Afghanistan alike. -- Thomas H. Johnson, Research Professor
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