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"The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers"

By Rich Fisher

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Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's installment of StudioTulsa, we speak with Peter Tomsen, who served as an ambassador and special envoy on Afghanistan from 1989 to 1992. Tomsen's new book, just out from Public Affairs Press, is "The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers." As in-depth and detailed as it is timely and informed, this hefty volume draws upon the author's many and various relationships with Afghan leaders as well as senior Taliban members, warlords, and religious figures --- all of them participants if not key players in the region's conflicts over the last two decades. As one critic for Publishers Weekly has recently noted: "Tomsen [here] combines scholarship, analysis, and personal experience in an encyclopedic if disturbing history of post-WWII Afghanistan. Readers will appreciate his expert [views and] insights."