Afghanistan after the Western Drawdown

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Rohan Gunaratna, author of "Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror", Douglas Woodall
Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 26, 2015 - Political Science - 288 pages
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Following the Western drawdown in Afghanistan, the global and regional security landscapes will change dramatically. Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, and their allies, who are still posing a threat to the U.S.-led coalition, are poised to return to Afghanistan. Further, the mujahidin in the tribal areas of Pakistan may once again draw the support of pools of fighters.

Scholars from the countries discussed use their own on-the-ground experience to explain the post–2014 key strategic decisions that face policymakers in Afghanistan, the United States, and the region. These diverse perspectives help grasp issues necessary to assess the strategic environment. The book provides a roadmap for the strategy outlined along with predictive analysis of what is likely to happen. Particular attention is paid to the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement as well as reconciliation talks with the Afghan Taliban. Overall, the looming increases in global terrorism that may result warrant a continued focus and resource allocation to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

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Iftekharul Bashar, Abdul Basit, Halimullah Kousary, and Nodirbek Soliyev.

Dr. Rohan Gunaratna is professor of security studies and head of the Inter- national Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Colonel Douglas Woodall commands a brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to this appointment, he was a United States Army War College fellow at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.