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"War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011"NEWPORT, R.I. -- U.S. Naval War College professor and Army Col. Robert Cassidy authored a new book, “War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011," that looks back at a decade of insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Cassidy says his book explores the reasons the insurgencies arose and examines the responses to them during that ten year-period. 

“The U.S. and its coalition partners dedicated a significant amount of time and effort to stabilize the region,” said Cassidy. “But the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban insurgencies grew in strength. I write about ‘what happened?’”

According to Cassidy, “War, Will, and Warlords” looks at the support for insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the 1970s, support that also helps explain the rise to power of the Pakistan-supported Taliban emirate from 1996 to 2001. The book also studies the tribal areas on the border between the two countries and how the activities in those areas influence the region’s stability and U.S. security. 

“There are reasons for the resurgence of the insurgency in Afghanistan and the emergence of one in neighboring Pakistan,” said Cassidy. “I wanted this book to explore the details of what happened during this ten-year-plus period and address the strategy and policy implications for the strategic objectives in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

One person who read an advanced copy of Cassidy’s book is U.S. Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin.

U.S. Naval War College professor and Army Col. Robert Cassidy authored a new book that looks back at a decade of insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The book is called “War, Will, and Warlords:  Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011." (Photo by MC2 Eric Dietrich)"This work provides a clear, concise, and well-documented analysis of the complex cross-border counterinsurgency that is at the center of U.S. military operations in South-Central Asia," said Martin in an email.  "It provides a careful and insightful evaluation of U.S. and Pakistan counterinsurgency operations and recommendations about how to apply methods that have proven successful. Col. Cassidy is a Soldier-Scholar whose keen strategic leader perspectives make this book essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the challenges and opportunities that characterize the current and future struggle."
 
Cassidy is a senior fellow with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies. Before joining the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College, he served as a special assistant to the senior operational commander in Afghanistan. Cassidy has published a number of articles and two previous books on stability operations and irregular war. He has a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011” was published by Marine Corps University Press and is available from the Government Printing Office at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/actions/GetPublication.do?stocknumber=008-055-00249-4.

From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this book are the author's own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Naval War College, the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, or any other branch or agency of the U.S. Government.