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Afghan endgames [electronic resource] : strategy and policy choices for America's longest war /
Hy Rothstein and John Arquilla, editors.
imprint
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, 2012.
description
xiii, 229 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1589019083 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781589019089 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, 2012.
isbn
1589019083 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781589019089 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Understanding the Afghan challenge / Hy Rothstein and John Arquilla -- A familiar Western experience in ancient Afghanistan / Victor Davis Hanson -- Afghan paradoxes / Thomas Barfield -- America's longest war / Hy Rothstein -- A case for withdrawal / Andrew J. Bacevich -- A case for staying the course / Frederick W. Kagan -- Afghanistan : the third way -- Edward N. Luttwak -- Beyond victory and defeat / Scott Sigmund Gartner and Leo Blanken -- The ethics of exit : moral obligation in the Afghan endgame / Russell Muirhead -- Shaping strategic communication / Robert Reilly -- Civil and uncivil society / Jade I. Rodriguez & Rebecca Lorentz -- Conclusion : Assessing the strategic alternatives / John Arquilla and Hy Rothstein.
catalogue key
11621723
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
H Y Rothstein served in the US Army as a Special Forces officer for more than 26 years, spending much of his time training and advising governments threatened by active insurgencies. He is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Defense Analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of Afghanistan and the Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare. John Arquilla is a professor of defense analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School and is the author of Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits: How Masters of Irregular Warfare Have Shaped Our World.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"At a time when many scholars are thinking of failure in Afghanistan, this book says that the key to success is greater creativity in finding alternative endstates that can serve our interests. That advice could not be more timely. It offers a chance to think afresh. It also offers a new perspective on strategic goal setting for issues still in the future." -- Leon Fuerth , former national security advisor to vice president Al Gore, and research professor of international affairs, The George Washington University
"A thoughtful group of essays that are particularly valuable for presenting a range of views at a critical juncture in the American experience in Afghanistan." -- Eliot A. Cohen , Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University
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Summaries
Main Description
The United States and its allies have been fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan for a decade in a war that either side could still win. While a gradual drawdown has begun, significant numbers of US combat troops will remain in Afghanistan until at least 2014, perhaps longer, depending on the situation on the ground and the outcome of the US presidential election in 2012. Given the realities of the Taliban's persistence and the desire of US policymakers -- and the public -- to find a way out, what can and should be the goals of the US and its allies in Afghanistan? Afghan Endgames brings together some of the finest minds in the fields of history, strategy, anthropology, ethics, and mass communications to provide a clear, balanced, and comprehensive assessment of the alternatives for restoring peace and stability to Afghanistan. Presenting a range of options -- from immediate withdrawal of all coalition forces to the maintenance of an open-ended, but greatly reduced military presence -- the contributors weigh the many costs, risks, and benefits of each alternative. This important book boldly pursues several strands of thought suggesting that a strong, legitimate central government is far from likely to emerge in Kabul; that fewer coalition forces, used in creative ways, may have better effects on the ground than a larger, more conventional presence; and that, even though Pakistan should not be pushed too hard, so as to avoid sparking social chaos there, Afghanistan's other neighbors can and should be encouraged to become more actively involved. The volume's editors conclude that while there may never be complete peace in Afghanistan, a self-sustaining security system able to restore order swiftly in the wake of violence is attainable.
Main Description
Afghan Endgames brings together some of the finest minds in the fields of history, strategy, international relations, anthropology, ethics, and mass communications to assess the prospects for peace and security in Afghanistan, to debate what would best serve US interests, and to provide a range of policy options for US leaders to consider in 2012 and beyond-from immediate withdrawal of all coalition forces to the maintenance of an open-ended but greatly reduced military presence. Book jacket.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This work brings together some of the finest minds in the fields of history, strategy, anthropology, ethics, and mass communications to provide a clear, balanced, and comprehensive assessment of the alternatives for restoring peace and stability to Afghanistan.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Overviewp. 1
Understanding the Afghan Challengep. 3
A Familiar Western Experience in Ancient Afghanistanp. 17
Afghan Paradoxesp. 39
America's Longest Warp. 59
Strategic Alternativesp. 83
A Case for Withdrawalp. 85
A Case for Staying the Coursep. 97
Afghanistan: A Third Wayp. 115
Beyond Victory and Defeatp. 127
Other Perspectivesp. 151
The Ethics of Exit: Moral Obligation in the Afghan Endgamep. 153
Shaping Strategic Communicationp. 169
Civil and Uncivil Societyp. 193
Conclusionp. 209
Conclusion: Assessing the Strategic Alternativesp. 211
Contributorsp. 219
Indexp. 223
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