12 septembrie 2019

The Afghan negotiations — echoes from the past


Some context is necessary to take stock of U.S. policy in Afghanistan in the wake of the diplomatic chaos created by President Donald Trump’s stunt to seize personal control — and therefore public attention — in the U.S. negotiations with the Taliban. History has not been kind to foreign invaders of Afghanistan — from Alexander to Britain’s “Great Game” in the 19 th century to the 1979-1989 Russian invasion and occupation. Eighteen years after launching military operations in Afghanistan in [...]