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David Rohde: "Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence In A New Middle East"

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Rohde spent eight years covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. For seven months of that time he was held captive by the Taliban. In a new book, he argues our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan clearly underscores the limits of military power. What’s needed, he says, is not military force but support for economic growth, the kind of support we used to regularly deliver through USAID and other civilian institutions. Veteran foreign affairs columnist David Rohde on the urgent need for traditional American diplomacy, how the Islamic world is changing and what these shifts mean for U.S. strategy.

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Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from "Beyond War" by David Rohde. Copyright © 2013 by David Rohde.


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