Irwin Explores Building Afghan Nation in New Book
Dr. Lewis Irwin, associate professor of political science at Duquesne University, has recently released his newest book, Disjointed Ways, Disunified Means: Learning from America's Struggle to Build an Afghan Nation.
Irwin, a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve and noted professor, explores the U.S. government's strategic and interagency shortfalls in Afghanistan. From 2007 to 2008, Irwin led an interagency effort to design and implement a nationwide reform of the Afghan National Police. From his personal experience in the field, Irwin is knowledgeable on the Afghan culture and the potential ways to help build its nation.
His book takes an in-depth look at the struggle of NATO's warfare and nation-building mission in Afghanistan, while investigating the shortfalls of achieving the results needed to create a stable secure, democratic and self sustaining Afghan nation. That goal is considered a hard task, given the history associated with the culture.
The book proposes potential reforms that would enable the United States to achieve the strategic coherence and genuine unity of effort that will be needed in the face of constrained resources and emerging new threats.