The Origins Of Conflict In Afghanistan

Hardcover | December 31, 2003

byJeffery J. Roberts

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Focusing on Afghanistan's relations with the West during the latter half of the 20th century, this study offers new insights on the long-term origins of the nation's recent tragedies. Roberts finds that, since the 1930s in particular, Afghanistan pursued policies far more complex, and considerably more pro-Western, than previous studies have surmised. By the end of the Second World War, Britain and Afghanistan seemed headed toward an extensive partnership in military and economic affairs. Opportunities to cement Afghanistan to the West existed, but ultimately ran afoul of regional politics, shortsighted policy, and indifference. The rise of the Indian nationalist movement and the eventual partition of India would have strategic ramifications for Afghanistan. Pakistan and India, weakened and poised against each other, saw no reason to aid the Kabul regime, leaving only the United States as a potential benefactor. Successive American administrations, however, denied most Afghan requests. When the Eisenhower administration extended support to Pakistan, it alienated Afghan leaders, who then chose to broker a deal with the Soviet Union. Roberts analyzes recent American policy toward Afghanistan and its neighbors, clarifying the current situation and offering guidelines for future relations.

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Focusing on Afghanistan's relations with the West during the latter half of the 20th century, this study offers new insights on the long-term origins of the nation's recent tragedies. Roberts finds that, since the 1930s in particular, Afghanistan pursued policies far more complex, and considerably more pro-Western, than previous studie...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.5 × 6.58 × 1.03 inPublished:December 31, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275978788

ISBN - 13:9780275978785

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?Unlike many other recent books on the past 26 years of conflict and warfare in Afghanistan, this historical account begins well before the 1978 revolution. Roberts does not consider the three Anglo-Afghan wars and subsequent isolation of Afghanistan to be mere historical background for understanding alleged Afghan xenophobia and a stereotypical (and frequently invidious) reputation for 'ferocity.' Instead, he presents the thesis that Afghanistan might have become a willing ally of the West if more attention had been devoted to its national interests and economic needs.... This excellent historical study is a valuable antidote to the spate of instant-analysis publications that have typically underanalyzed the U.S.'s role in allowing the Taliban to take over Afghanistan and remain in power for six years. Highly recommended. All levels and libraries.??Choice