Afghanistan from the Cold War Through the War on Terror


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.8 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Barnett R. Rubin is Director of Studies and Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. His books include Blood on the Doorstep: The Politics of Preventive Action, The Fragmentation of Afghanistan, and The Search for Peace in Afghanistan.


"A longtime policy wonk and adviser to the U.N. and the U.S., Rubin spent decades deliberating upon best practices for saving Afghanistan from its chronic tribulations. His sustained analyses and advocacy are compiled here, addressing a time frame from the late 1980s to the start of the Obama administration. Rubin makes important points along the way
. . . Rubin's work serves as a timely codicil, if not a coda, to a war winding down, and will interest pundits and academics alike." --Publishers Weekly

"With decision time on Afghanistan now at hand, it is a good moment to reflect on what has gone wrong, and on the historical mistakes that should not be repeated. This is one of the many themes in an important new book by Barnett Rubin, the great American scholar and veteran of all things Afghanistan . . . I consider [Rubin] to be the inheritor of the mantle of the American scholar Louis Dupree, whose groundbreaking book Afghanistan, which appeared in 1973, and long sojourn in that country with his equally famous wife Nancy Dupree, made him the dean of scholars and reporters alike for two generations."
--Ahmed Rashid, The New Republic

"[C]rucial to an understanding of Afghanistan, the flaws of the Western project there, the enemies we are facing, and therefore of possible future policies . . . Barnett Rubin, senior advisor to the US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan in the first Obama term, has been consistently among the wisest and most sensible of US expert voice on Afghanistan." --Anatol Lieven, New York Review of Books

"After decades of violent conflict, the path to a peaceful and prosperous future is fraught with difficulties; Afghanistan from the Cold war to the War on Terror provides a frank, insightful account of the challenges the country faces; as well as its rich history, and enormous potential." --Kofi Annan

"For over fifteen years, Barnett Rubin has been a source for me of deeply informed and concerned advice on how we international actors might help Afghans and their neighbors find a way to live with each other with dignity and without bloodshed. This book illuminates how hard we tried, and how, so far, we have fallen short." --Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Envoy of the UK and Arab League to Syria, and Former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Iraq

"If published a decade ago, the insights in Barney Rubin's book could have prevented the Americanization of the war in Afghanistan. His words are steeped in that quixotic country." -
-Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former New York Times columnist