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In The Graveyard Of Empires America S War In Afghanistan

Author : Seth G. Jones
ISBN : 0393071421
Genre : History
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A definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan from the rise of the Taliban to the depths of the insurgency. After the swift defeat of the Taliban in 2001, American optimism has steadily evaporated in the face of mounting violence; a new “war of a thousand cuts” has now brought the country to its knees. In the Graveyard of Empires is a political history of Afghanistan in the “Age of Terror” from 2001 to 2009, exploring the fundamental tragedy of America’s longest war since Vietnam. After a brief survey of the great empires in Afghanistan—the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the British in the era of Kipling, and the late Soviet Union—Seth G. Jones examines the central question of our own war: how did an insurgency develop? Following the September 11 attacks, the United States successfully overthrew the Taliban regime. It established security throughout the country—killing, capturing, or scattering most of al Qa’ida’s senior operatives—and Afghanistan finally began to emerge from more than two decades of struggle and conflict. But Jones argues that as early as 2001 planning for the Iraq War siphoned off resources and talented personnel, undermining the gains that had been made. After eight years, he says, the United States has managed to push al Qa’ida’s headquarters about one hundred miles across the border into Pakistan, the distance from New York to Philadelphia. While observing the tense and often adversarial relationship between NATO allies in the Coalition, Jones—who has distinguished himself at RAND and was recently named by Esquire as one of the “Best and Brightest” young policy experts—introduces us to key figures on both sides of the war. Harnessing important new research and integrating thousands of declassified government documents, Jones then analyzes the insurgency from a historical and structural point of view, showing how a rising drug trade, poor security forces, and pervasive corruption undermined the Karzai government, while Americans abandoned a successful strategy, failed to provide the necessary support, and allowed a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan to catalyze the Taliban resurgence. Examining what has worked thus far—and what has not—this serious and important book underscores the challenges we face in stabilizing the country and explains where we went wrong and what we must do if the United States is to avoid the disastrous fate that has befallen many of the great world powers to enter the region.
Category: History

Escaping The Graveyard Of Empires

Author : Seth G. Jones
ISBN : OCLC:1235722694
Genre : Afghan War, 2001-
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One of the Biden administration’s most contentious war-related decisions will likely be what to do about Afghanistan. The U.S. military has been fighting in Afghanistan for two decades in a war that has persisted nearly continuously since the late 1970s. However, a precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan at this point—without an intra-Afghan peace agreement—will likely shift the military balance of power in favor of the Taliban and increase the possibility of an eventual Taliban takeover of the capital city, Kabul, and significant rural and urban areas of the country.
Category: Afghan War, 2001-

Policy Failures In The Graveyard Of Empires

Author : Mehar Omar Khan
ISBN : 153777350X
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The author examines the role of policy in the guidance of the British, Soviet and the U.S.- NATO wars in Afghanistan. Set in the context of Afghanistan's history and its socio-cultural environment, the study critically analyzes the negative impact of policy failures - acts of both omission as well as commission - on the conduct and outcome of these three wars. Holding Afghanistan's physical environment as constant, numerous policy variables are detailed, such as the evolution of grand strategy, resource allocation, governance, and security force assistance. A study of select aspects of the First Anglo-Afghan War and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan highlights several policy missteps and miscalculations that, if heeded, could have helped today's policymakers.


Author : David Isby
ISBN : 1605981893
Genre : History
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A startling history of modern Afghanistan: the story of a country caught in a vortex of terror.
Category: History

Graveyard Of Empires

Author : Mark Sable
ISBN : 1607067390
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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In a combat post in Afghanistan, United States Marines find themselves battling not only the Taliban but an assault by zombies.
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Military Review

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ISBN : UCLA:L0103998381
Genre : Military art and science
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Category: Military art and science

The Autobiography Of An Unknown Indian

Author : Nirad C. Chaudhuri
ISBN : 9780520331372
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1951.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Thomas Barfield
ISBN : 9780691154411
Genre : History
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Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He shows how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power was concentrated in a small dynastic elite, but how this delicate political order broke down in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when Afghanistan's rulers mobilized rural militias to expel first the British and later the Soviets. Armed insurgency proved remarkably successful against the foreign occupiers, but it also undermined the Afghan government's authority and rendered the country ever more difficult to govern as time passed. Barfield vividly describes how Afghanistan's armed factions plunged the country into a civil war, giving rise to clerical rule by the Taliban and Afghanistan's isolation from the world. He examines why the American invasion in the wake of September 11 toppled the Taliban so quickly, and how this easy victory lulled the United States into falsely believing that a viable state could be built just as easily. Afghanistan is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how a land conquered and ruled by foreign dynasties for more than a thousand years became the "graveyard of empires" for the British and Soviets, and what the United States must do to avoid a similar fate.
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A Military History Of Afghanistan

Author : Ali Ahmad Jalali
ISBN : 0700624074
Genre : History
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The first comprehensive history of over two centuries of warfare and international conflict in Afghanistan, including the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth century, the early twentieth century struggles over modernization, the fall of the last monarchy, the Soviet-Afghan War, and the twenty-first century US Global War on Terror.
Category: History

No Easy Task

Author : Bernd Horn
ISBN : 9781459701632
Genre : History
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This collection of essays explores how fighting in the rugged, hostile lands of Afghanistan is no easy task. Afghanistan has long been considered the graveyard of empires. Throughout their history, Afghans have endured the ravages of foreign invaders, from marauding hordes and imperial armies to global superpowers, while demonstrating a fierce independence and strong resistance to outside occupiers. Those who have ventured into Afghanistan with notions of controlling its people have soon discovered that fighting in that rugged, hostile land is no easy task. Afghans have proven to be tenacious and unrelenting foes. No Easy Task examines this legacy of conflict, particularly from a Canadian perspective. What emerges is the difficulty faced by foreign forces attempting to impose their will over Afghans who, for their part, have consistently adapted tactics and strategies to stymie and defeat those they perceive as invaders and interlopers. It is within this complexity and challenge that the difficult counter-insurgency must be fought.
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Author : Abdul Rahman Rahmani
ISBN : 1478703199
Genre : Fiction
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It has been said that Afghanistan is the "Graveyard of Empires" with a history of 5,000 years. It is also said that it has just reached a hundred year's occupation of successive invasions by Great Britain, the Soviet Union and NATO along with the United States of America. As a landlocked country, Afghanistan is known as the "Heart of Asia" and has been a battlefield for the foibles of first-world countries for many decades. The stories in this book reveal the situations of the Afghans throughout the last twenty-five years in a less than amicable environment. The reader will encounter the real meaning of Afghanistan, which at times is not as civil as perceived by western views. It also shows the heart and soul of a country that invites everyone to love and be loved in return.
Category: Fiction

The New Yorker

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113548957
Genre : American wit and humor, Pictorial
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Category: American wit and humor, Pictorial

The Case For Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Author : Nick Turse
ISBN : 1844674517
Genre : Political Science
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In a collection of essays that argue against President Obama's policy in Afghanistan, leading analysts examine the current U.S. strategy and offer sobering conclusions about its parallels to the British and Soviet wars in the region and reasons why it is so unlikely to succeed. Original.
Category: Political Science


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ISBN : OSU:32435075671453
Genre : Military art and science
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Category: Military art and science