The Valley's Edge

The Valley's Edge

A Year With the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban

eBook - 2012
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Univ of Nebraska
In this gripping, firsthand account, Daniel Green tells the story of U.S. efforts to oust the Taliban insurgency from the desolate southern Afghan province of Uruzgan. Nestled between the Hindu Kush mountains and the sprawling wasteland of the Margow and Khash Deserts, Uruzgan is a microcosm of U.S. efforts to prevent Afghanistan from falling to the Taliban insurgency and Islamic radicalism.

Green, who served in Uruzgan from 2005 to 2006 as a U.S. Department of State political adviser to a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), reveals how unrealistic expectations, a superficial understanding of the Afghans, and a lack of resources contributed to the Taliban’s resurgence in the area. He discusses the PRT’s good-governance efforts, its reconstruction and development projects, the violence of the insurgency, and the PRT’s attempts to manage its complex relationship with the local warlord cum governor of the province.

Upon returning to Afghanistan in 2009 with the U.S. military and while working at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul until 2010, Green discovered that although many improvements had been made since he had last served in the country, the problems he had experienced in Uruzgan continued despite the transition from the Bush administration to the Obama administration.

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In 2005-2006, author Green was a political advisor to a US military-created Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) working in the isolated Afghan province of Uruzgan to facilitate political stability and lessen the influence of the Taliban. In this memoir, Green points to the absence of local government structures and the lack of native civil servants in the region as part of the reason the PRT strategy was not successful. Hoping to humanize the Afghan people for readers, he portrays the US experience in Afghanistan as seen through the lives of the residents of Uruzgan Province. In addition to describing the situation in Uruzgan, he also relates his service with the US Navy at the US Embassy in Kabul in 2009-2010. Of special interest are the many b&w photos taken by the author, offering unseen perspectives. Green is now a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The book is distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, Ă2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781597978644
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 246 pages) : illustrations, maps


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