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The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System By Barnett R. Rubin,

  • Title: The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System
  • Author: Barnett R. Rubin
  • ISBN: 9780300095197
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • This monumental book examines Afghan society in conflict, from the 1978 communist coup to the fall of Najibullah, the last Soviet installed president, in 1992 This edition, newly revised by the author, reflects developments since then and includes material on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden It is a book that now seems remarkably prescient.Drawing on two decades of researThis monumental book examines Afghan society in conflict, from the 1978 communist coup to the fall of Najibullah, the last Soviet installed president, in 1992 This edition, newly revised by the author, reflects developments since then and includes material on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden It is a book that now seems remarkably prescient.Drawing on two decades of research, Barnett R Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan, provides a fascinating account of the nature of the old regime, the rise and fall of the People s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, and the troubled Mujahidin resistance He relates all these phenomena to international actors, showing how the interaction of U.S policy and Pakistani and Saudi Arabian interests has helped to create the challenges of today Rubin puts into context the continuing turmoil in Afghanistan and offers readers a coherent historical explanation for the country s social and political fragmentation.Praise for the earlier edition This study is theoretically informed, empirically grounded, and gracefully written Anyone who wants to understand Afghanistan s troubled history and the reasons for its present distress should read this book Foreign Affairs This is the book on Afghanistan for the educated public Political Science Quarterly
    The Fragmentation of Afghanistan State Formation and Collapse in the International System This monumental book examines Afghan society in conflict from the communist coup to the fall of Najibullah the last Soviet installed president in This edition newly revised by the author

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    1. This is the most detailed account I ever have read about Afghanistan Many info that I already had were really matching what Barney Rubin has noted But again the details are so much that the reader would find it difficult to believe I would like to note the last sentence of Mr Rubin and that can be labled as a political prediction that he had done in the mid 1990s and turned out to be very true He says If the international community does not find ways to rebuild Afghanistan, a flood tide of weapo [...]

    2. I read it in school It s a very dense, complicated academic book about Afghanistan Basically, it gives a 20th century history of Afghanistan up to the departure of the Soviet occupiers in 1989 The main difficulty in reading it is the great number of factions and organizations into which Afghanistan was as the name implies fragmented.It ends with a very prescient note at the light of the Sept 11th attacks at the end about the consequences of Soviet and US policies towards Afghanistan.

    3. For professionals only, I would say You will not find a detailed analysis of the structures and history of Afghanistan But it is tough going.

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