• New Afghan PRT Book: The Valley’s Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban

    November 19, 2011

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Democracy, Embassy/State, Military

    Though I have not yet read it, I wanted get out in front and tell you about a new book covering the “mid-years” of reconstruction work in Afghanistan (2005-2006), The Valley’s Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Talibanby Dan Green.

    Amazon says:

    In this gripping, firsthand account, Daniel Green tells the story of U.S. efforts to oust the Taliban insurgency from the desolate southern Afghan province of Uruzgan.

    Green, who served in Uruzgan from 2005 to 2006 as a Department of State political adviser to a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), reveals how unrealistic expectations, a superficial understanding of the Afghans, and a lack of resources contributed to the Taliban’s resurgence in the area. He discusses the PRT’s good-governance efforts, its reconstruction and development projects, the violence of the insurgency, and the PRT’s attempts to manage its complex relationship with the local warlord cum governor of the province.

    Upon returning to Afghanistan in 2009 with the U.S. military and while working at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul until 2010, Green discovered that although many improvements had been made since he had last served in the country, the problems he had experienced in Uruzgan continued despite the transition from the Bush administration to the Obama administration.

    Sounds like worthy reading.



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      You’ve brought up a couple clever ideas. I appreciate the title you chose too, New Afghan PRT Book: The Valley’s Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns | We Meant Well – Peter Van Buren

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