The Long Way Back by Chris Alexander
Afghanistan's Quest for Peace

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Christopher Alexander, Canadian’s former ambassador to Afghanistan, offers an inside look at Afghanistan recent history, and delivers a blueprint for transforming the troubled country into a viable nation. Alexander draws on expertise gained over five years on the ground in Afghanistan, chronicling the country’s initial successes following the Afghan War, the setbacks it incurred thanks to a resurgent Taliban, and the tenuous stability that multilateral diplomacy has brought the war-torn yet rebuilding nation. Readers of Ahmed Rashid’s Descent into Chaos and Alex Berenson’s Lost in Kandahar will find no more penetrating insight into Afghanistan’s past, present, and future than Christopher Alexander’s probing, expert dissection of a nation at war with itself: The Long Way Back.
 

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CHRIS ALEXANDER is a diplomat and politician who served for eighteen years as an international public servant and Canadian foreign service officer. From 2005 to 2009, he was the UN deputy special representative in Afghanistan, helping to lead the largest UN political mission in the world. Alexander was also the Canadian ambassador to that country and a key contributor to the effort to stabilize and support post-Taliban Afghanistan. He returned to Canada in 2009 and is now the Conservative MP for Ajax-Pickering, where he lives, as well as the parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Harper. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Alexander, a former UN deputy special representative in Afghanistan, offers his view of the pathway to a resolution in that nation.

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Alexander, a former ambassador and U.N. deputy who served in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2009, delivers a remarkably thoughtful portrait of the ravaged country, chronicling its search for political stabi

Sep 09 2011 | Read Full Review of The Long Way Back: Afghanista...

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Highlighting positive developments—government ministers who are true reformers, clerics providing a bulwark against extremists, Kabul reclaiming its mercantile history, a new road system, and a reviving economy—he urges other countries, such as the U.S. and his native Canada, not to give up a...

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