Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics and Religion

Paperback | January 28, 2013

EditorPeter Bergen, Katherine Tiedemann

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The longest war the United States has ever fought is the ongoing war in Afghanistan. But when we speak of "Afghanistan," we really mean a conflict that straddles the border with Pakistan - and the reality of Islamic militancy on that border is enormously complicated.In Talibanistan, an unparalleled group of experts offer a nuanced understanding of this critical region. Edited by Peter Bergen, author of the bestselling books The Longest War and The Osama Bin Laden I Know, and Katherine Tiedemann, these essays examine in detail the embattled territory fromKandahar in Afghanistan to Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. They pull apart the distinctions between the Taliban and al Qaeda - and the fractures within each movement; assess the effectiveness of American and Pakistani counterinsurgency campaigns; andexplore the pipeline of militants into and out of the war zone. Throughout, these scrupulously researched studies challenge convenient orthodoxies. Counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman criticizes the customary distinction between an Afghan and Pakistani Taliban as being too neat to describe their fragmented reality. Hassan Abbas paints a subtle portrait of thepolitical and religious forces shaping the insurgency in the Northwest Frontier Province, uncovering poor governance, economic distress, and resentment of foreign troops in nearby Afghanistan. And Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann try to identify the real numbers of drone strikes and victims,both militants and civilians, while disputing claims for their strategic effectiveness. These and other essays provide profound new insight into this troubled region. They are required reading for anyone seeking a fresh understanding of a central strategic challenge facing the United States today.

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The longest war the United States has ever fought is the ongoing war in Afghanistan. But when we speak of "Afghanistan," we really mean a conflict that straddles the border with Pakistan - and the reality of Islamic militancy on that border is enormously complicated.In Talibanistan, an unparalleled group of experts offer a nuanced unde...

Peter Bergen is the director of the National Securities Studies Program at the New America Foundation, and is National Security Analyst at CNN. He is the author of The Longest War and The Osama Bin Laden I Know. Katherine Tiedemann, co-editor, was a research fellow at the New America Foundation until mid-2011. She is the deputy editor ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann: IntroductionBrian Fishman: OverviewPaul Cruickshank: The Militant PipelineAnne Stenersen: The Relationship between al-Qaeda and the TalibanSameer Lalwani: Pakistan's Counterinsurgency StrategyPeter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann: Drone Strikes in PakistanFATA pollHassan Abbas: Political Landscape of the InsurgencyRahmanullah: BajaurDaud Khan Khattak: SwatMansur Khan Mahsud, Anand Gopal, and Brian Fishman: North WaziristanMansur Khan Mahsud: South WaziristanMartine van Bijlert: Zabul and UruzganAnand Gopal: KandaharPeter Bergen: Conclusion