Unwinnable Peace
Untold Stories of Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan

by Tim Martin

Canada’s longest war (2001-2014) pushed military, diplomatic,  development and humanitarian organizations to their limits. Was it all in vain? 

Based on interviews with twenty-one key decision-makers and participants, many of whom are speaking publicly for the first time, Unwinnable Peace recounts the personal and professional challenges faced by individuals deeply committed to securing and rebuilding Kandahar province. 

  • Diplomats planting seeds of democracy in a society dominated by warlords
  • Aid workers bringing relief and development to shattered communities
  • Mounties struggling to improve a corrupt and illiterate police force
  • A young foreign service officer who suffered life-changing injuries
  • Prison experts bringing international standards to a jail used to torture
  • The Canadian and Afghan generals who fought the Taliban
  • An Afghan–Canadian who risked his life to govern the Province of Kandahar
  • Interpreters desperate to save their families from retribution

These are the men and women who are still struggling to reconcile their sacrifices with the eventual Taliban victory.

A veteran diplomat and the last Representative of Canada in Kandahar, the author combines his personal experiences with those of his colleagues (Afghan and Canadian) to examine  Canada’s mission to Afghanistan at a human level.

  • Non-fiction, 226pp
  • ISBN 978-1-990160-34-9 (paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1-990160-35-6 (ebook)
  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Published June 2024
  • Paperback: CA $24.95 / US $21.95
  • Ebook: CA $15.95 / US $13.95

Tim Martin’s groundbreaking work goes beyond the headlines, uncovering the untold stories behind the conflict . . . His storytelling serves as a testament to the enduring dedication of those who pursued a safe and stable Afghanistan.

Hannah Thidebeau

It is unvarnished: vulnerabilities, emotions and the cost of personal sacrifice all emerge, including to the present, as the various actors, especially the writer, attempt to reconcile their great effort with a Taliban victory.

The Hon. Peter M. Boehm