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Losing Afghanistan : an obituary for the intervention

Author: Noah Coburn
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The US-led intervention in Afghanistan mobilized hundreds of thousnads of individuals and billions of dollars. But what was gained? Why did development money not lead to more development? Why did a military presence make things more dangerous? Through the stories of four individuals operating around Bagram Airbase--an ambassador, a Navy SEAL, a young Afghan businessman, and an engineer--Noah Coburn weaves a vivid  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noah Coburn
ISBN: 9780804796637 0804796637 9780804797771 0804797773
OCLC Number: 910664175
Description: xii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Surveying the intervention from above --
Intervening --
The exotic tribes of the intervention --
Before the invasion --
A new era? --
Contracting the intervention --
Climbing over the wall --
The merchant-warlord alternative --
Warlord density and its discontents --
How to host your own shura --
The pieces left behind.
Responsibility: Noah Coburn.

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"The US-led intervention in Afghanistan mobilized hundreds of thousnads of individuals and billions of dollars. But what was gained? Why did development money not lead to more development? Why did a military presence make things more dangerous? Through the stories of four individuals operating around Bagram Airbase--an ambassador, a Navy SEAL, a young Afghan businessman, and an engineer--Noah Coburn weaves a vivid account of the challenges and contraditions of intervention life. These compelling stories and analysis reveal an intervention that steps outside the tired paradigm of the "unruly" Afghan tribes, uber-effective Taliban resistance, and a corrupt Karzai government to show how the intervention became an entity unto itself, one doomed to collapse under the weight of its own bureaucracy and contradictory intentions"--Page [4] of cover.
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"Though it receives little regard in the conference rooms where policy decisions are arrived at, anthropology in the person of field ethnographers like Noah Coburn provides a much-needed perspective Read more...

 
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