In this Book

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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 émigré intellectuals, Ambassador Dobbins introduces a range of colorful 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 shortchanged 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 important why the United States has failed to stabilize either Afghanistan or Iraq.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Other Books, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Map
  2. p. vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. First Contact
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. One More Mission
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. 3. Getting Set
  2. pp. 21-38
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  1. 4. Laying the Groundwork
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. 5. On the Road
  2. pp. 51-66
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  1. 6. A Small Town in Germany
  2. pp. 67-76
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  1. 7. At the Petersberg
  2. pp. 77-98
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  1. 8. The Inauguration
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. 9. Nation-Building
  2. pp. 117-144
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  1. 10. Afterward
  2. pp. 145-156
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  1. 11. The Return of the Taliban
  2. pp. 157-168
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 169-178
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 179-179
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781597979887
Related ISBN
9781597970839
MARC Record
OCLC
758891357
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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