In the Graveyard of Empires by Seth G. Jones
America's War in Afghanistan

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“How we got to where we are in Afghanistan.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal


This definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan “[zeroes] in on what went awry after America’s successful routing of the Taliban in late 2001” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) to explain how a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan and a collapsing government in Kabul catalyzed the Taliban resurgence. Examining what has worked thus far—and what hasn’t—Jones lays out “a blueprint for winning in a region that has historically brought mighty armies to their knees” (Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch).
 

About Seth G. Jones

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Seth G. Jones has served as a senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command and is currently associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and the author of In the Graveyard of Empires.
 
Published July 31, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 464 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In 2001, enraged at its refusal to surrender Osama bin Laden, U.S. forces attacked the country and aided Taliban opponents, who triumphed in a few months.

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The New York Times

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His narrative is fleshed out with information from declassified government documents and interviews with military officers, diplomats and national security experts familiar with events on the ground in Afghanistan — most notably, the former ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and the curre...

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Publishers Weekly

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Since 2001, RAND Corporation political scientist Jones (The Rise of European Security Cooperation ) has been observing the reinvigorated insurgency in Afghanistan and weighing the potency of its threat to the country's future and American interests in the region.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

It is a shame, then, that while Jones is smart enough to make it, he fails to deliver anything but a sadly bland and anodyne set of remedies for Afghanistan's ills -- fight corruption, act locally, and undermine the Taliban's sanctuaries in Pakistan.

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For example, yes it is on the record that Zalmay Khalilzad, the Bush administration foremost authority on Afghanistan- because he is an Afghan-American- was yanked from Afghanistan were he was doing wonderful things and installed in Iraq when things went sour there.

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Forbes

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So when an author purports to explain "what factors contributed to the rise of Afghanistan's insurgency," as Jones does in his new book In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan, we are bound to take notice.

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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 g...

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