War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier. Carter Malkasian #2020

War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier. Carter Malkasian Carter Malkasian War Comes to Garmser Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier Carter Malkasian If you want to understand Afghanistan writes Carter Malkasian you need to understand what has happened on the ground in the villages and countryside that were on the frontline These small places ar

  • Title: War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier. Carter Malkasian
  • Author: Carter Malkasian
  • ISBN: 9781849042642
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier. Carter Malkasian Carter Malkasian If you want to understand Afghanistan, writes Carter Malkasian, you need to understand what has happened on the ground, in the villages and countryside that were on the frontline These small places are the heart of the war Modeled on the classic Vietnam War book, War Comes to Long An, Malkasian s War Comes to Garmser promises to be a landmark account of the war in AfghanIf you want to understand Afghanistan, writes Carter Malkasian, you need to understand what has happened on the ground, in the villages and countryside that were on the frontline These small places are the heart of the war Modeled on the classic Vietnam War book, War Comes to Long An, Malkasian s War Comes to Garmser promises to be a landmark account of the war in Afghanistan The author, who spent nearly two years in Garmser, a community in war torn Helmand province, tells the story of this one small place through the jihad, the rise and fall of Taliban regimes, and American and British surge Based on his conversations with hundreds of Afghans, including government officials, tribal leaders, religious leaders, and over forty Taliban, and drawing on extensive primary source material, Malkasian takes readers into the world of the Afghans Through their feuds, grievances, beliefs, and way of life, Malkasian shows how the people of Garmser have struggled for three decades through brutal wars and short lived regimes Beginning with the victorious but destabilizing jihad against the Soviets and the ensuing civil war, he explains how the Taliban movement formed how, after being routed in 2001, they returned stronger than ever in 2006 and how Afghans, British, and Americans fought with them thereafter Above all, he describes the lives of Afghans who endured and tried to build some kind of order out of war While Americans and British came and went, Afghans carried on, year after year Afghanistan started out as the good war, the war we fought for the right reasons Now for many it seems a futile military endeavor, costly and unwinnable War Comes to Garmser offers a fresh, original perspective on this war, one that will redefine how we look at Afghanistan and at modern war in general.
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    1. 3.5 Maybe my expectations were too high, but I didn t enjoy this as much as I thought I would It s a solid book, just with less of the details that I was hoping for esp for the pre 2001 period Recommended as serious scholarship, but not the best best best book that some have suggested.

    2. 5 stars for detailed local history, 3 stars for broader generalizability A close study of the past three decades of war in Afghanistan in a southern Helmand border district, drawing particularly on the author s time as Foreign Service Officer during the peak surge years There s quite a bit of operational level detail on the various political and military campaigns to take control of the district, so I imagine it will be interesting for a military history audience The author identifies three prim [...]

    3. Garmser is a small district in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan close to the frontier with Pakistan Malkasian gives the reader a history of the district from the incursion of the Soviets and the Jihad that was called by the religious leaders to drive them out to the coming of the Taliban and their two attempts to control Garmser and the entry of the area by British and American troops up to 2012 when the US began the withdrawal of its troops and when Malkasian s tour ended there Malkasian led [...]

    4. Thorough and comprehensive this is a thought provoking book about one district in one province Helmand in Afghanistan that leaves you wondering if it was all for naught We have achieved an incomplete victory of sorts Malkasian was intimately involved in this district but writes with a certain almost academic detachment His passion for these people with whom he has fought and lived for several years has been supplanted by cool objectivity as he gets into history, political science, and geo politi [...]

    5. Well worth the read Carter Malkasian provides an insightful and well researched history of conflict in one district of southern Helmand to explain the cultural, tribal, and political factors that have led to alternating periods of stability and instability Albeit a microcosm of the country, Carter s study of this district demonstrates that peace is possible in modern Afghanistan Strong, effective tribal leaders both prior to the Taliban and after, in conjunction with government representatives, [...]

    6. Malkasian takes a look at the war in Afghanistan through looking at the past, present, and future of Garmser, one district in Afghanistan The book is very informative and shows how structural problems within Afghanistan and problems from decision makers in the US and UK have both contributed to how drawn out the war has been Malkasian concludes that success in Afghanistan would have been possible much sooner with better decision making, and that the Taliban s successful rule proves that Afghanis [...]

    7. While I was assigned to read this for a class and ended up procrastinating the read, in which I had to scramble to finish this book within a few days, it was still very informative It helped me grasp better concepts of what we were learning in class such as counterinsurgency, counterintelligence, realist and liberalist theories, ect just basic IR concepts I also got a much better grasp of the two Taliban Regime s throughout Garmser This is not a book about Afghanistan as a whole I recommend the [...]

    8. I was excited to see this book, having read about Carter Malkasian s work as a State Department advisor to the Marines in Helmand in several other books on Afghanistan While the book provides a good snapshot of how decades of conflict played out in a single Afghan district, I found it a little hard to follow the numerous Afghan names and places.

    9. An excellent example of well executed counter insurgency Note the alignment and partnership of civilian, military, and host nation forces to achieve a goal Also note the resourcing required.

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