COUNTERINSURGENCY IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN 2004-2008: A Civilian Perspective

COUNTERINSURGENCY IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN 2004-2008: A Civilian Perspective

Robert Kemp

New Academia Publishing/VELLUM Books, 2014
246 Pages, 32 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9904471-4-6 paperback
ISBN 978-0-9904471-5-3 ebook

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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.

About the book

After the 2001 ouster of the Taliban from Afghanistan, the United States and its allies found themselves in a country devastated by a series of wars. This book looks at how, working with their Afghan counterparts, they engaged in a complex effort to rebuild security, development, and governance, all while fighting a low-intensity war.

Praise

“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

 

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