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The Trillion Dollar War 
The U.S. Effort to Rebuild Afghanistan
by Abid Amiri

 

ABOUT THE BOOK
Honestly assessing the failures of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, this book is a powerful call for human understanding and global responsibility. Abid Amiri brings wealth of personal experience and detailed knowledge of the complex factors shaping Afghanistan’s troubled recent history of violence and international betrayal.
~ Dr. John Collins,
St. Lawrence University


What if the U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan was fought not by the military but by educating the Afghan youth, and what if the trillion dollars had been spent instead on economic development in Afghanistan rather than on bombs and fighter jets? The Trillion Dollar War helps explain the United States’ efforts to rebuild Afghanistan during the last 20 years. The book outlines the successes and failures of both Afghans and Americans in this endeavor. In addition, it provides an in-depth analysis of the cost of America’s longest war, and it asks whether spending more on education and infrastructure than on weapons of war would have resulted in a different outcome.

THE AUTHOR
Abid Amiri is an Afghan American working as an economist in Washington, DC. Previously, he served as a policy advisor to the Afghan minister of finance and as a director of national infrastructure policy at the Ministry of Finance in Kabul. Prior to joining the ministry, Amiri worked as the economic affairs officer for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington. He is fluent in Pashto, Dari, and English.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Illustrations
Table
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Selected Abbreviations and Acronyms

Introduction


Chapters

1)  The European Recovery Programs
2)  The Marshall Plan 2.0: Afghanistan
3)  Development Projects: The Security Sector Reform Program
4)  The Obama Doctrine: The Counterinsurgency Strategy
5)  The Cost of War
6)  Legitimizing the Taliban: The Surrender–to–the–Taliban Strategy


Conclusion
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author


 

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