After the Taliban

After the Taliban

Nation-building in Afghanistan

eBook - 2008
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Univ of Nebraska
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. InAfter 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.

Book News
Dobbins was appointed by George W. Bush as the first Special Envoy for Afghanistan in November 2001 in the wake of the fall of the Taliban and was placed in charge of the State Department's reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan through April of 2002. In this memoir he recounts his experiences in that capacity. He is deeply critical of the administration, faulting it for not committing enough resources, for allowing the Department of Defense to much control over traditional State Department responsibilities, for not working for international support, for failing to provide enough reconstruction aid, for getting distracted by Iraq, and for failing to adequately project government services and security out into the countryside. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, Ă2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781597979887
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 179 pages) : illustrations, map


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