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US Nation Building in Afghanistan

ISBN: 9781472474841 9781315548623 Year: Pages: 248 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Law
Added to DOAB on : 2016-11-17 11:01:06

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Why has the US so dramatically failed in Afghanistan since 2001? Dominant explanations have ignored the bureaucratic divisions and personality conflicts
inside the US state. This book rectifies this weakness in commentary on Afghanistan
by exploring the significant role of these divisions in the US’s difficulties
in the country that meant the battle was virtually lost before it even began. The
main objective of the book is to deepen readers’ understanding of the impact of
bureaucratic politics on nation-building in Afghanistan, focusing primarily on the
Bush administration. It rejects the ‘rational actor’ model, according to which the
US functions as a coherent, monolithic agent. Instead, internal divisions within
the foreign policy bureaucracy are explored, to build up a picture of the internal
tensions and contradictions that bedevilled US nation-building efforts. The book
also contributes to the vexed issue of whether or not the US should engage in
nation-building at all, and if so under what conditions.

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