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The longest war the United States has ever fought is the ongoing war in Afghanistan. But when we speak of "Afghanistan," we really mean a conflict that straddles the border with Pakistan—and the reality of Islamic militancy on that border is enormously complicated. It is a place occuped by al-Qaeda and the Taliban and marked by poor governance, economic distress, and resentment of foreign troops.
Edited by Peter Bergen, Talibanistan is a collection of essays that attempt to explain the politics and important distinctions of this embattled region, which stretches from Kandahar in Afghanistan to Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province and Federall Adminstered Tribal Areas.
Peter Bergen is director of the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation, a research fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security, and CNN's national security analyst. His books include Manhunt, The Longest War, and The Osama bin Laden I Know.
Anand Gopal is a journalist who covers Afghanistan and other hotspots. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Harper's, and Foreign Policy. Gopal conducted a rare interview with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the reclusive leader of the Hezb-e Islami political party and paramilitary group, one of the Taliban's most important allies.
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