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Untying the Afghan knot : negotiating Soviet withdrawal /
Riaz M. Khan.
imprint
Durham : Duke University Press, 1991.
description
viii, 402 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0822311550
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imprint
Durham : Duke University Press, 1991.
isbn
0822311550
general note
"An Institute for the Study of Diplomacy book."
catalogue key
197350
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-379) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-03:
The best treatment of the Afghan negotiations and one of the finest on the issue of Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. Scholars interested in the patterns of the negotiating process generally can ignore it at their peril. The analysis takes account of the various stages and the process of achieving a political settlement in Afghanistan, the role played by key personalities, the impact of the military situation, and the influence of external events and politics on the effort. This detailed and very rich study is replete with historical insights and an implicit sense of contributing to negotiating theory. With Khan's book, we now know as much about the issue of the Soviet withdrawal from an interested participant (a Pakistani diplomat who is a bit too partial at certain points to his own country's stance) as we are likely to need in the near future. It may well become a standard case study for international relations generally, and is highly recommended for upper-division undergradautes and their seniors in the field.-R. L. Moses, Carnegie-Mellon University
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Main Description
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the Afghanistan crisis began almost immediately after the Soviet Union's military intervention in that country in December 1979. Untying the Afghan Knot offers the first detailed account of the diplomatic process set in motion by that intervention and culminating in the April 1988 Geneva Accords-a milestone in multilateralism and United Nations (UN) peacemaking. Riaz M. Khan, a senior Pakistani diplomat, participated actively in all meetings on Afghanistan in the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and in all of the Geneva negotiating rounds (18821988). Drawing upon his personal experience, official documents, scholarly literature, and press accounts, he provides a unique insider's view of these precedent-setting negotiations, which were often shrouded in secrecy and misperceptions. Khan examines the interests, positions, and behind-the-scenes maneuverings of the major players-Afghan governments and resistance groups, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, the United States, and UN mediators-and assesses the impact of military and political developments inside Afghanistan and elsewhere, including the advent of Mikhail Gorbachev. Khan's authoritative account of these critical diplomatic initiatives sheds important light on the internal dynamics of the multilateral Afghanistan negotiations.
Main Description
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the Afghanistan crisis began almost immediately after the Soviet Union's military intervention in that country in December 1979.Untying the Afghan Knotoffers the first detailed account of the diplomatic process set in motion by that intervention and culminating in the April 1988 Geneva Accords-a milestone in multilateralism and United Nations (UN) peacemaking. Riaz M. Khan, a senior Pakistani diplomat, participated actively in all meetings on Afghanistan in the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and in all of the Geneva negotiating rounds (18821988). Drawing upon his personal experience, official documents, scholarly literature, and press accounts, he provides a unique insider's view of these precedent-setting negotiations, which were often shrouded in secrecy and misperceptions. Khan examines the interests, positions, and behind-the-scenes maneuverings of the major players-Afghan governments and resistance groups, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, the United States, and UN mediators-and assesses the impact of military and political developments inside Afghanistan and elsewhere, including the advent of Mikhail Gorbachev. Khan's authoritative account of these critical diplomatic initiatives sheds important light on the internal dynamics of the multilateral Afghanistan negotiations.
Main Description
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the Afghanistan crisis began almost immediately after the Soviet Union’s military intervention in that country in December 1979. Untying the Afghan Knot offers the first detailed account of the diplomatic process set in motion by that intervention and culminating in the April 1988 Geneva Accords-a milestone in multilateralism and United Nations (UN) peacemaking. Riaz M. Khan, a senior Pakistani diplomat, participated actively in all meetings on Afghanistan in the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and in all of the Geneva negotiating rounds (1882–1988). Drawing upon his personal experience, official documents, scholarly literature, and press accounts, he provides a unique insider’s view of these precedent-setting negotiations, which were often shrouded in secrecy and misperceptions. Khan examines the interests, positions, and behind-the-scenes maneuverings of the major players-Afghan governments and resistance groups, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, the United States, and UN mediators-and assesses the impact of military and political developments inside Afghanistan and elsewhere, including the advent of Mikhail Gorbachev. Khan’s authoritative account of these critical diplomatic initiatives sheds important light on the internal dynamics of the multilateral Afghanistan negotiations.

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