The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, 2011 - HISTORY - 849 pages
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As Ambassador and Special Envoy on Afghanistan from 1989 to 1992, Peter Tomsen has had close relationships with Afghan leaders and has dealt with senior Taliban, warlords, and religious leaders involved in the region’s conflicts over the last two decades. Now Tomsen draws on a rich trove of never-before-published material to shed new light on the American involvement in the long and continuing Afghan war.

This book offers a deeply informed perspective on how Afghanistan’s history as a “shatter zone” for foreign invaders and its tribal society have shaped the modern Afghan narrative. It brings to life the appallingly misinformed secret operations by foreign intelligence agencies, including the Soviet NKVD and KGB, the Pakistani ISI, and the CIA.

American policy makers, Tomsen argues, still do not understand Afghanistan; nor do they appreciate how the CIA’s covert operations and the Pentagon’s military strategy have strengthened extremism in the country. At this critical time, he shows how the U.S. and the coalition it leads can assist the region back to peace and stability.

  

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Review: The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers

User Review  - Derek - Goodreads

This is an incredibly in-depth look at the nation of Afghanistan and how badly they have been screwed over by outside powers for thew last 100+ years. Most notably the United States, Pakistan, and the ... Read full review

Review: The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers

User Review  - T Dodson - Goodreads

This is an 800+ page book that focuses mostly on the years Peter Tomsen was special envoy to Afghanistan from 1989-92. However, this time period was very pivotal, as the Soviets withdrew and there ... Read full review

Contents

Part II Fission
115
Part III Mission to the Mujahidin
263
Part IV America and Afghanistan
515
Acknowledgments
713
Appendices
717
Notes
725
Index
813
Peter Tomsen
851
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Peter Tomsen was President George H.W. Bush's Special Envoy on Afghanistan with the rank of Ambassador from 1989 to 1992. Tomsen entered the Foreign Service in 1967 and served in Thailand, Vietnam, China, and the Soviet Union. He was United States Deputy Chief of Mission in China from 1986 to 1989, deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian Affairs from 1992 to 1995, and the American Ambassador to Armenia from 1995 to 1998. He lives in Virginia with his wife.