on 23 July 2014
This book is simply a must read for any one who is interested in how a war torn country re-builds itself after war, or counter insurgency and how to beat it from a grass roots level. There are many books written on Helmand from a soldiers perspective and the bravery they perform. Not deriding from that heroism, this book is slightly different, it is about a different type of bravery. The people that write in this book are in the main civil servants, when they joined the service they never envisaged that they would be serving side by side with soldiers in Forward Operating Bases, helping deliver a stabilising effect to the local population and having a direct effect of the battle. The people that write this book are brave in their own right and have had a tremendous effect on the UK's efforts in Helmand, this why most of them have honours and awards after their names. This book lays out a new way of war fighting, the way of the comprehensive approach where the soldier and the stabilisation adviser stand shoulder to shoulder. A must read. Well done and thank you for opening peoples eyes to the other battles that go on, that sometimes don't make front page news. different
on 29 July 2014
Making Peace in War offers a fascinating insight by civilian stabilisation advisors sent to Helmand Province to help built the essential strands of Governance, Justice, Health, & Education at District level. This involved being located in forward positions living in very austere conditions alongside front line troops. Looking outside the box in order to understand the multi layered tribal culture of the Pashtun was key to providing sustainable help to a Province torn apart by 30 years of war & ingrained with corruption at all levels. An incisive read offering a different perspective on the mire that is Afghanistan.