The Taliban Revival - Abbas, Hassan - Yale University Press
Political Science

The Taliban Revival

Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier

  • Hassan Abbas
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In autumn 2001, U.S. and NATO troops were deployed to Afghanistan to unseat the Taliban rulers, repressive Islamic fundamentalists who had lent active support to Osama bin Ladenís Al-Qaeda jihadists. The NATO forces defeated and dismantled the Taliban government, scattering its remnants across the country. But despite a more than decade-long attempt to eradicate them, the Taliban enduredóregrouping and reestablishing themselves as a significant insurgent movement. Gradually they have regained control of large portions of Afghanistan even as U.S. troops are preparing to depart from the region.

In his authoritative and highly readable account, author Hassan Abbas examines how the Taliban not only survived but adapted to their situation in order to regain power and political advantage. Abbas traces the roots of religious extremism in the area and analyzes the Talibanís support base within Pakistanís Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In addition, he explores the roles that Western policies and military decision makingónot to mention corruption and incompetence in Kabulóhave played in enabling the Talibanís return to power.

Hassan Abbas is Professor and Director of South and Central Asia Program at National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs in Washington, D.C. He is also a Senior Advisor at the Asia Society. Previously, he served as the Distinguished Quaid-i-Azam†Chair Professor at Columbia University and a Senior Advisor at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.