Robert Kemp's candid account is a valuable contribution to our understanding of American achievements and failures in Afghanistan.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 13, 2015
Eastern Afghanistan is one of the most colorful, traditional, and unique areas left in the world. ‘Counter- insurgency in Eastern Afghanistan 2004-2008: A Civilian Perspective’ looks at what happened in 2004–2008, as the United States became heavily engaged there. Robert Kemp draws on his experience on the ground to give us a firsthand, unfiltered view of how U.S. military and civilian officers coped with a confusing, constantly changing situation along the border with Pakistan. The book looks at the nature of the insurgency— how it gained momentum beginning in 2005, turning into a multifaceted, grinding, murky conflict against multiple groups: the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and Al Qaeda. It describes the nature of the border with Pakistan, the complex tribal and ethnic relations, rapid changes in Afghan society, poppy and opium production, corruption, and how the army and police developed.
"Robert Kemp's candid account of the joint efforts of American military officers and civilians to help local government officials and ordinary citizens in remote, often dangerous areas to reconstruct their war-torn country is a valuable contribution to our understanding of American achievements and failures in Afghanistan. It also usefully illustrates how 21st century challenges have greatly widened the range of activities our diplomats must pursue."
—Howard B. Schaffer, U.S. Ambassador (ret.)
“Robert Kemp’s ‘Counterinsurgency in Eastern Afghanistan 2004–2008: A Civilian Perspective’ is a must-read for all those following developments in Afghanistan since 2001. The book succeeds both as thoughtful analysis and as a practical guide for military and civilian personnel in the field. Perhaps its greatest value is that the approach taken is relevant not only for Afghanistan but also for other regions of the world where similar conditions exist.”
—Arturo Muñoz, RAND Corporation
‘Counterinsurgency in Eastern Afghanistan 2004-2008: A Civilian Perspective’ was published by New Academia Publishing/ VELLUM Books and was converted to eBook format by eBookIt.com.
About the Author
Robert Kemp, a U.S. State Department Foreign Service officer, served in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2008, as well as for two shorter assignments. He was the Deputy Director of the Pakistan Desk in Washington and also completed several short-term assignments in Pakistan. Other posts included China, the Philippines, USNATO/Brussels, Bolivia, and Brazil. Kemp holds Master's degrees from the University of Kentucky and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and was a Dean Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University. He was awarded the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service for his work in Afghanistan.
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Print edition - Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing/ VELLUM Books, 2014
246 pages, 32 illustrations, ISBN 978-0-9904471-4-6, paperback, $26.00
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