The War After The War


Title:                      The War After The War

Author:                  Anthony H. Cordesman

Cordesman, Anthony H. (2004). The War After The War: Strategic Lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan. Washington, D.C.: CSIS Press, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

LOC:       2004011306

DS79.76 .C677 2004

Date Posted:      April 1, 2013

This book is an examination on how the aftermath of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will play out. The author explains that even with winning the war, the US will have to deal with the fallout from the destruction of the countries. About this book, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser to the President said, “The most incisive analysis of U.S. strategic blunders in Iraq.”

The United States still has every chance to achieve some form of victory in Iraq and Afghanistan if it persists, commits the necessary resources, and accepts the real-world limits on what it can do. But the United States can also lose the peace in both countries as decisively as it won the wars. No one can predict how the combination of nation building, low-intensity combat, and Iraqi and Afghan efforts to recreate their nations will play out over the short term. Regardless, the United States must reshape much of its approach to both countries if it is to win even a limited form of victory. More generally, it must react to the strategic and grand strategic lessons of both conflicts to reshape its defense and foreign policy, as well as the way the U.S. government is organized to deal with terrorism and asymmetric warfare. Following up on his widely praised 2003 book, The Iraq War, Anthony Cordesman[1] now focuses on the war after the war, the lessons to be learned from the “post-conflict” periods, and how they all fit into the broader context of the continuing war on terrorism.


[1] Anthony H. Cordesman hold the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS and is a national security analyst for ABC News.

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