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"Michael O'Hanlon and Hassina Sherjan have written a superb analysis of thecurrent strategy in Afghanistan. It is an insightful work by two authors with exceptionalknowledge and experience. It is a must-read for those who want a clear understandingof the situation, the strategy, and the path ahead in this crucial conflict." --General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Retired)In this "Michael O'Hanlon and Hassina Sherjan have written a superb analysis of thecurrent strategy in Afghanistan. It is an insightful work by two authors with exceptionalknowledge and experience. It is a must-read for those who want a clear understandingof the situation, the strategy, and the path ahead in this crucial conflict." --General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Retired)In this unique collaboration between an American scholar and an Afghan American entrepreneur, "Toughing It Out in Afghanistan" provides a succinct look at the current situation in Afghanistan with policy prescriptions for the future.Drawing partly on personal experiences, O'Hanlon and Sherjan outline the tactics being used to protect the Afghan population and defeat the insurgents. They discuss ongoing efforts to reform the Afghan police, to run a better prison system for detainees, to enlist the help of more of Afghanistan's tribes, and to attack corruption. They also discuss the Afghan resistance, including an explanation of how the Taliban mounted a comeback and what it will take to defeat them.The authors also seek to demolish common myths about Afghanistan, such as the notion that somehow its people hate foreigners. And they explain how to use metrics, such as those in the Brookings Afghanistan Index, to determine if the new strategy is succeeding in the course of 2010 and 2011. Included are policy suggestions to further increase the size and capabilities of the Afghan army and police, to facilitate Afghan businesses' involvement in economic recovery, to expand the role of other Muslim nations in the effort, and to create a strong international aid coordinator as a civilian counterpartto NATO's military leader.


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"Michael O'Hanlon and Hassina Sherjan have written a superb analysis of thecurrent strategy in Afghanistan. It is an insightful work by two authors with exceptionalknowledge and experience. It is a must-read for those who want a clear understandingof the situation, the strategy, and the path ahead in this crucial conflict." --General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Retired)In this "Michael O'Hanlon and Hassina Sherjan have written a superb analysis of thecurrent strategy in Afghanistan. It is an insightful work by two authors with exceptionalknowledge and experience. It is a must-read for those who want a clear understandingof the situation, the strategy, and the path ahead in this crucial conflict." --General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Retired)In this unique collaboration between an American scholar and an Afghan American entrepreneur, "Toughing It Out in Afghanistan" provides a succinct look at the current situation in Afghanistan with policy prescriptions for the future.Drawing partly on personal experiences, O'Hanlon and Sherjan outline the tactics being used to protect the Afghan population and defeat the insurgents. They discuss ongoing efforts to reform the Afghan police, to run a better prison system for detainees, to enlist the help of more of Afghanistan's tribes, and to attack corruption. They also discuss the Afghan resistance, including an explanation of how the Taliban mounted a comeback and what it will take to defeat them.The authors also seek to demolish common myths about Afghanistan, such as the notion that somehow its people hate foreigners. And they explain how to use metrics, such as those in the Brookings Afghanistan Index, to determine if the new strategy is succeeding in the course of 2010 and 2011. Included are policy suggestions to further increase the size and capabilities of the Afghan army and police, to facilitate Afghan businesses' involvement in economic recovery, to expand the role of other Muslim nations in the effort, and to create a strong international aid coordinator as a civilian counterpartto NATO's military leader.

34 review for Toughing It Out in Afghanistan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gordon

    A great summary of the current issues facing key leaders on Afghanistan with cogent responses to the most common reasons why to stay the course as well as recommendations on adjustments to make in our efforts in Security / Governance / Development. A must read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ross

    I felt this was definitely informative regarding the details of the Western World's dire situation in this God forsaken land. The authors argue that the present (2010) counter insurgency strategy is the proper approach for NATO, although they are very clear that the strategy may well fail. They state that if it does fail then we will have to fall back on the much lower resourced and less dangerous counter terrorism strategy of the Bush administration. Given the facts they lay out I see little chan I felt this was definitely informative regarding the details of the Western World's dire situation in this God forsaken land. The authors argue that the present (2010) counter insurgency strategy is the proper approach for NATO, although they are very clear that the strategy may well fail. They state that if it does fail then we will have to fall back on the much lower resourced and less dangerous counter terrorism strategy of the Bush administration. Given the facts they lay out I see little chance the present strategy can succeed. In any event we cannot allow the Taliban to regain control of the country and we have to stay positioned to prevent Pakistan from falling into the hands of fanatics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Brookings Institution paper that reads like a series of talking points supporting the Obama administration's policies in Afghanistan leading up the the Afghan "surge" (which has since proven a failure). Short on incisive criticism, long on misplaced, if guarded, optimism. Brookings Institution paper that reads like a series of talking points supporting the Obama administration's policies in Afghanistan leading up the the Afghan "surge" (which has since proven a failure). Short on incisive criticism, long on misplaced, if guarded, optimism.

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