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Directorate S

By Steve Coll
  • ISBN Code: : 052555730X
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 784
  • Category : Political Science
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Winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars, the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11 Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation, although often in direct opposition, with I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the US was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as "Directorate S," was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban, in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. After 9/11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the U. S., deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the U.S. was set on an invisible slow-motion collision course with Pakistan. Today we know that the war in Afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.S.I.'s "Directorate S". This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence. Coll excavates this grand battle, which took place away from the gaze of the American public. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate S is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism.

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  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 307
  • Pdf File: insecurity-communities-of-south-asia-and-the-middle-east.pdf

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This book critically examines how US foreign policy has produced a regional regime of instability and insecurity in South Asia and the Middle East. It focuses on three interconnected zones of conflict—Afghanistan and Pakistan in South Asia, Iran and the Persian Gulf states, and Iraq and its neighbours. In a comprehensive historical survey, this work compares the governing behaviour of these states with that of the West, where the American foreign policy establishment has, in contrast, pushed for investing in collective security. The author studies various events throughout history such as the Taliban regime; the US-led war in Afghanistan; the Obama administration and Pakistan; the first and second Gulf wars; the Arab Spring, and the rise of ISIS to present a theoretical analysis of Washington’s consistent pursuit of multibalancing and regime change wars in the region. An important critical assessment of Western foreign policies, this book will be indispensable for students and researchers of US foreign policy, defense and security studies, strategic affairs, politics and international relations, political economy, nation-state building, identity studies, globalization studies, Middle East studies, and South Asian studies.

Government in France

By Malcolm C. Anderson
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  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Book Code : 148315081X
  • Total of Pages : 230
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 160
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Governments of Western Europe, Government in France: An Introduction to the Executive Power focuses on the affairs of the government of France. The book first offers information on the history of the French government, including the presidency of the Vth republic. The text also expounds on the role and influence of the prime minister in overseeing the affairs of the government. The selection takes a look at the problems associated with the rational division of administrative tasks and duties in the government. The creation of ministries to ensure efficiency in the affairs of the government is underscored. The text also discusses the role of the ministerial cabinet in bridging the executive branch of the government and the administration. Particularly noted is the influence of the ministerial cabinet on how the prime minister can exercise effective control over the administration. The book also offers information on the major social changes that affected the structure and activities of the French administration after World War II. The text is a vital reference for readers interested in the governments of Western Europe, particularly the government of France.

Red To Black

By Alex Dryden
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  • Publisher : Headline
  • Book Code : 075538508X
  • Total of Pages : 311
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 813
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A spy thriller, a love story and a chilling look at a resurgent superpower... At the dawn of the new millennium, Finn, an MI6 spy, and Anna, a colonel of the KGB, have been sent to spy on each other. Instead they find a love that becomes to only truth they can trust. A source deep within the Kremlin tells Finn of a plan, hatched in the depths of the Cold War, to dismantle the edifice of the communist state and to bring about the rise of a new imperium within Russia: a plan to control the whole of Europe. Finn's masters in London are blinded by the new wealth pouring out of Russia and he must leave the Service and work in secrecy to uncover the deadly threat it poses to the freedom of every one of us.

Soviet Foreign Policy 1917-1991

By Jr. Fleron
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351488597
  • Total of Pages : 868
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 574
  • Pdf File: soviet-foreign-policy-1917-1991.pdf

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The purpose of this anthology is to deepen Western understanding of the sources and substance of the foreign policy of the Soviet Union. Authoritative analysts here explore significant issues in Soviet foreign relations from the era of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Civil War to the period of reform that preceded the final collapse of the Soviet system. The volume is designed for courses in Soviet political history, diplomatic history, comparative foreign policy, and the mainstream of international relations.

Contemporary Issues in Soviet Foreign Policy

By Erik Hoffmann
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351526170
  • Total of Pages : 521
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 609
  • Pdf File: contemporary-issues-in-soviet-foreign-policy.pdf

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This survey of writings on the debates about and events relating to Soviet foreign policy concentrates on the Gorbachev period. Changes in Soviet theory and foreign policy decision making are covered in the first section. Twelve articles examine Gorbachevs policy towards a number of different geographic regions, and several more assess the permanence of Gorbachevs foreign policy changes.

The Seeds of Treason

By Ted Allbeury
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  • Publisher : Mulholland
  • Book Code : 1444782665
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 267
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Jan Massey Head of British Intelligence in Berlin falls in love with Anna Kholkov wife of a KGB officer. When she is arrested Massey is forced into betraying his country. Arthur Johnson a signalman working in Massey's Berlin office has other reasons for betraying his country as does Eric Mayhew at GCHQ in the UK. At GCHQ's American counterpart the NSA James Vick is manipulated into betrayal by the apparently unattainable Kirstin Swenson who works for the KGB. Four people - with different motivations and in different circumstances - all betray their countries. But Massey refuses to betray the woman he loves... and as the fragile counter-intelligence network starts reacting to the ripples of Massey's treason so the four stories begin to connect. 'Ted Allbeury without doubt ranks among the finest genre writers I've read' - Glenn Meade

The Difficult Politics of Peace

By Christopher Clary
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0197638430
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 437
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A sweeping and theoretically original analysis of the India-Pakistan rivalry from 1947 to the present. Since their mutual independence in 1947, India and Pakistan have been engaged in a fierce rivalry. Even today, both rivals continue to devote enormous resources to their military competition even as they face other pressing challenges at home and abroad. Why and when do rival states pursue conflict or cooperation? In The Difficult Politics of Peace, Christopher Clary provides a systematic examination of war-making and peace-building in the India-Pakistan rivalry from 1947 to the present. Drawing upon new evidence from recently declassified documents and policymaker interviews, the book traces India and Pakistan's complex history to explain patterns in their enduring rivalry and argues that domestic politics have often overshadowed strategic interests. It shows that Pakistan's dangerous civil-military relationship and India's fractious coalition politics have frequently stymied leaders that attempted to build a more durable peace between the South Asian rivals. In so doing, Clary offers a revised understanding of the causes of war and peace that brings difficult and sometimes dangerous domestic politics to the forefront.

The Antimafia

By A. Jamieson
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0333983424
  • Total of Pages : 257
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 783
  • Pdf File: the-antimafia.pdf

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This exploration of the full diversity of the Italian Antimafia draws on primary sources and interviews to provide the first complete analysis of social, political and grassroots efforts since 1992. This fascinating study looks at Antimafia initiatives within the context of international initiatives against organized crime.

Clinical Directorates in the Irish Health Service

By Yvonne O'Shea
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  • Publisher : Orpen Press
  • Book Code : 1909518069
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Study Aids
  • Members : 429
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The introduction in Ireland in 2008 of the clinical directorate model as the accepted method for the organisation of health services and the involvement of clinicians in the management of these services is one of the most significant developments to happen in the Irish health services in recent years. It poses major challenges for all clinical and medical professions. In Clinical Directorates in the Irish Health Services, Yvonne O'Shea explores the history and evolution of clinical directorates over the last thirty years in order to arrive at a deep understanding of the thinking behind them and the impact they are likely to have on Irish health services. Clinical Directorates in the Irish Health Services is about making the right choices in the management of health services. It suggests that the involvement of clinicians in management and in making decisions about how resources are used, in acute and primary settings, is the most efficient way to guarantee the effective use of resources and the safety of patients. Clinical Directorates in the Irish Health Services provides Irish clinical professionals with a resource to assist them in understanding the clinical directorate model and their own role within it.

Adaptation under Fire

By Lt. General David Barno,Nora Bensahel
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0190672072
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : History
  • Members : 146
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A critical look into how and why the U.S. military needs to become more adaptable. Every military must prepare for future wars despite not really knowing the shape such wars will ultimately take. As former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates once noted: "We have a perfect record in predicting the next war. We have never once gotten it right." In the face of such great uncertainty, militaries must be able to adapt rapidly in order to win. Adaptation under Fire identifies the characteristics that make militaries more adaptable, illustrated through historical examples and the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Authors David Barno and Nora Bensahel argue that militaries facing unknown future conflicts must nevertheless make choices about the type of doctrine that their units will use, the weapons and equipment they will purchase, and the kind of leaders they will select and develop to guide the force to victory. Yet after a war begins, many of these choices will prove flawed in the unpredictable crucible of the battlefield. For a U.S. military facing diverse global threats, its ability to adapt quickly and effectively to those unforeseen circumstances may spell the difference between victory and defeat. Barno and Bensahel start by providing a framework for understanding adaptation and include historical cases of success and failure. Next, they examine U.S. military adaptation during the nation's recent wars, and explain why certain forms of adaptation have proven problematic. In the final section, Barno and Bensahel conclude that the U.S. military must become much more adaptable in order to address the fast-changing security challenges of the future, and they offer recommendations on how to do so before it is too late.