Understanding War in Afghanistan has been converted to an e-book format. This new format makes the book readable not only on desktop and laptop computers, but also on Apple's iPad, Sony's Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and Android-based phones.
U.S. and allied strategy in Afghanistan is at a crossroads. Fiscal pressures in the West, the end of the surge, the turnover of key areas to Afghan security forces, the drawdown of forces, and the preliminary efforts at reconciliation and reintegration add importance to the study of this topic.
Understanding War in Afghanistan aims to provide military leaders, civil servants, diplomats, and students with the intellectual basis that they need to begin to prepare for further study of or an assignment in Afghanistan. This book analyzes the land and its people, recaps Afghan history, and assesses the current situation. It also examines the range of choices for future U.S. policy toward Afghanistan.
General David Petraeus praises Understanding War in Afghanistan as "an outstanding primer for soldiers and diplomats deploying for their first tour in the shadow of the Hindu Kush; those with extensive time on the ground will find the annotated bibliography full of excellent suggestions for further study."
The author, Joseph J. Collins, a professor at the National War College, is a retired Army Colonel, an Ivy League–educated scholar, and an observer of Afghanistan for over 30 years.