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By Robert L. Grenier

The “first” Afghan conflict, a CIA struggle in line with Sep 11, was once directed by way of the CIA Station leader in Islamabad. It placed Hamid Karzai in strength in 88 days. “If you will have an insider’s account of the 1st American-Afghan battle, you can’t do higher than this…Important studying to appreciate the place we're today” (Library Journal).

From his practise of the unique, post-9/11 conflict plan, licensed via President Bush, via to “final” fleeting victory, Robert Grenier relates the story of the “southern campaign,” which drove al-Qa’ida and the Taliban from Kandahar, its capital, in an remarkable eighty-eight days.

“With his ringside seat because the senior service provider legitimate stationed closest to Afghanistan, Grenier is ready to describe assembly through assembly, occasionally mobile name after mobilephone name, how occasions unfolded” (The manhattan Times). In his gripping account, we meet: normal Tommy Franks, who bridles at CIA regulate of “his” battle; normal “Jafar Amin,” a gruff Pakistani intelligence officer who saves Grenier from committing occupation suicide; Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s exceptional ambassador to the U.S., who attempts to warn her executive of the al-Qa’ida danger; and Hamid Karzai, the difficult anti-Taliban rebel, a guy with components of greatness, petulance, and moods.

With suspense and perception, Grenier information his very own struggles and triumphs. 88 Days to Kandahar is “an action-packed story, wealthy in implication, of the post-9/11 race to unseat the Taliban and rout al-Qaida in Afghanistan” (Kirkus Reviews).

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Inter-group polarization, meanwhile, is bound to consolidate positions of hawkish leaders with an emphasis on internal cohesion and unity. Various stages demonstrate typical behavioural patterns and psychological conditions (Jones and Hughes, 2003). Dynamics of unrestrained escalation and polarization carry participants away from cooperative efforts by means of runaway responses to hostilities. Increasingly malign motives are reinforced within each party by stereotypes. In particular, opponents are perceived as a negative mirror image of oneself.

Mapping methods provide a system for illustrating the scope of a conflict by assessing the goals of the parties, the type of their relationship, and the issues in contention. Identifying the parties to the conflict is an essential step prior to understanding their positions, interests, and capacities as well as the level of external support. The evolution of relationships between parties and their social context can be examined in terms of short-term and long-term dynamics. A timeline tends to be formulated on the basis of how the main parties see the significance of each event, especially in a long-running conflict.

Parties may feel that the cost of the contest is too high emotionally and materially when they have a low investment in the outcome. If parties have a negative perception about conflict and feel that the fight is not worth the effort, little energy will be extended towards overcoming challenges that arise from dealing with people who differ in terms of lifestyle, ideas, and values. In essence, conflict avoidance stems from reduced goal utility and a low likelihood of meeting expectations as well as the high costs involved.

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