"While a score of books have been written about the purpose and future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after the close of the Cold War, and an equally large number of monographs examine the ongoing war in Afghanistan, political scientist Sten Rynning provides a focused, thoughtful analysis of the intersection of these two topics in NATO in Afghanistan ... Rynning's book contributes a valuable assessment of the performance and internal dynamics of NATO as a 'benevolent alliance' subjected to the strains of responding to a protracted insurgency in one of the world's most challenging physical, ethical, and political environments." - Douglas Peifer, H-Net "[Rynning] produces a detailed political and diplomatic account of NATO in Afghanistan that is also an examination of NATO's future ... There are few books written about NATO in Afghanistan. This is the only one dealing with the strategic level. It is recommended for higher-level staffs and government professionals." - Lt. Col. Lester W. Grau, Military Review "Using new interview data along with an array of secondary sources, Rynning provides new insights on leadership decisions and constraints faced by NATO, the UN, and US military planners in Afghanistan, all of which resulted in a confused strategy for alliance ... This book will serve students, researchers, and libraries well. Highly recommended." - R. C. Hendrickson, CHOICE "One of the world's leading experts on NATO, Sten Rynning provides the most detailed account to date of the alliance's involvement in Afghanistan. With the combat mission coming to an end, Rynning's analysis will be indispensable for those thinking about NATO's future." - James Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service, American University "This excellent book examines how NATO's failures in Afghanistan are likely to influence that alliance's future. Sten Rynning, one of Europe's finest strategic thinkers, makes a compelling case that NATO can survive Afghanistan, but that it will not be easy. NATO in Afghanistan is a must read for students of European security." - John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
About the Author
Sten Rynning is Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark. He is the author of "NATO Renewed: The Power and Purpose of Transatlantic Security Cooperation" and "Changing Military Doctrine: Presidents and Military Power in Fifth Republic France, 1958-2000."