Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, by Peter Bergen,Katherine Tiedemann

By Peter Bergen,Katherine Tiedemann

The longest warfare the USA has ever fought is the continuing struggle in Afghanistan. but if we converse of "Afghanistan," we actually suggest a clash that straddles the border with Pakistan--and the truth of Islamic militancy on that border is greatly complicated.

In Talibanistan, an unheard of team of specialists supply a nuanced figuring out of this serious sector. Edited through Peter Bergen, writer of the bestselling books The Longest War and The Osama Bin weighted down I Know, and Katherine Tiedemann, those essays study intimately the embattled territory from Kandahar in Afghanistan to Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province and Federally Administered Tribal components. They pull aside the differences among the Taliban and al Qaeda--and the fractures inside of every one circulate; check the effectiveness of yankee and Pakistani counterinsurgency campaigns; and discover the pipeline of militants into and out of the warfare sector. all through, those scrupulously researched reports problem handy orthodoxies. Counterterrorism specialist Brian Fishman criticizes the wide-spread contrast among an Afghan and Pakistani Taliban as being too neat to explain their fragmented truth. Hassan Abbas paints a sophisticated portrait of the political and spiritual forces shaping the insurgency within the Northwest Frontier Province, uncovering terrible governance, financial misery, and resentment of overseas troops in close by Afghanistan. And Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann try and establish the genuine numbers of drone moves and sufferers, either militants and civilians, whereas disputing claims for his or her strategic effectiveness.

These and different essays supply profound new perception into this bothered zone. they're required analyzing for somebody looking a clean knowing of a valuable strategic problem dealing with the U.S. today.

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