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Carter Malkasian

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Carter Malkasian worked in Afghanistan for the US Department of State from 2009 to 2011. He is Director of the Stability and Development Program at the Center for Naval Analyses.

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Dr. Carter Malkasian leads the Stability and Devel-opment Program at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). In late 2007 and again in early 2008, he led a team that advised Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) in eastern Afghanistan. Previously assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) as an advisor on counterinsurgency, he deployed for the war in Iraq from February to May 2003, February 2004 to February 2005, and February 2006 to August 2006. Most of that time was spent in Al Anbar province. Dr. Malkasian’s most recent publication is a co-edited book (with Daniel Marston of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst), Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare. His other books include: A History of Modern Wars of Attrition (2002) and The Korean War, 1950-1953 (2001). His journal publications include: “Did the Coalition Need More Forces in Iraq? Evidence from Al Anbar,” Joint Force Quarterly; “A Thin Blue Line in the Sand,” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas; “Signaling Resolve, Democratization, and the First Battle of Fallujah,” Journal of Strategic Studies; “The Role of Perceptions and Political Reform in Counterinsurgency,” Small Wars & Insurgencies; and “Toward a Better Understanding of Attrition,” Journal of Military History. Dr. Malkasian holds a doctorate in the history of war from Oxford University.




I found this history of our involvement in Afghanistan for 20 years very enlightening.
Cartmike | Mar 29, 2023 |
This book provides an important perspective on U.S. wars in Iraq (and Afghanistan). Carter Malkasian produced a book that tells an important story in easy to read format. You don't need to be an expert on the Middle East to understand the important conclusions of this book. It should be required reading for anybody involved in deciding whether to commit U.S. military forces to combat on foreign soil.
sherrihs | Jul 28, 2018 |
Esta resenha foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Resenhistas do LibraryThing.
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 Afghanistan in governable.

The biggest issue that I had with the book is that Malkasian's chapter on conclusions makes him come across as a fence-sitter. He mentions different decisions that could have been made and lays out the strengths and weaknesses of each but often stops short of making a definite decision on what the best course of action would be. Furthermore, he points out that part of the problem in Afghanistan is the the Taliban has had a safe-haven in Pakistan, but he does not adequately discuss what can be done to mitigate that safe haven.

Overall, I liked the book and found it to be a good exposition on the war, but I would have liked to have seen Malkasian take more of a stand about what he believes could have been done differently. It is one thing to say that mistakes have been made. It is quite another to supply definite solutions. Perhaps other historians will build on his work take a look at those issues. Malkasian has provided a step towards better understanding of this conflict even if he hasn't provided the final step.
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fuzzy_patters | outras 6 resenhas | Jun 4, 2013 |
Esta resenha foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Resenhistas do LibraryThing.
First, a disclaimer: I am an Afghan veteran, having spent a significant portion of 2011 in Marjah.

I have never been to Garmser, but I found this book intriguing nonetheless - I wish that my unit and I had had something similar specifically for Marjah and the surrounding areas before going to that town. The author has clearly done a lot of research and does a good job of describing the Byzantine politics and feuding of that part of the country. I particularly appreciated that there were no obvious political sides taken - the focus is on the Afghans, regardless of who was making what decisions anywhere else.

The work is dense, with an immense number of names, plots and plans and schemes that are difficult to follow, and includes descriptions of several layers of society and how they worked with, for, and against one another to defeat, conspire with, or actively aid the Taliban, the central Afghan government, and/or the foreigners. I would not have it any other way, as anything but this would be shortchanging the reader by presenting an overly simplified version of reality. It is not that it is completely physically impossible to understand what is going on - it is more that it is impossible to explain what is going on quickly.

I would suggest that anyone going to Garmser for pretty much any reason read this book, whether for interesting background information, an idea of what various levels of Afghan society are like, or a number of other things.
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Matthew1982 | outras 6 resenhas | May 26, 2013 |


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