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Afghanistan always defeats the West

William Dalrymple, UnHerd – 30 August 2021 The correlation between the First and Fourth Anglo-Afghan War is substantive and a grasp of history dating back to the first war from 1939-42 would have, according to this article, prevented a disastrous war and avoided another military humiliation for the West. Read the full article here.

The west’s nation-building fantasy is to blame for the mess in Afghanistan

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian – 20 August 2021 As Kabul falls to the complete power of the Taliban, serious questions are being asked around the world of the west’s moral authority and intentions after 9/11. This article on The Guardian argues “if they [western regimes] crave moral outreach, it should be through the imperialism of…

Nemesis: Why the west was doomed to lose in Afghanistan

Anatol Lieven, Prospect – 27 August 2021 Anatol Lieven recounts his NATO-organised trip to Camp Shorabak, an Afghan military base, in 2013 where he first realised that the West’s Afghanistan campaign was doomed. Speaking of military support in Africa, the author also states that “any chance of success depends on Britain and Europe learning the…

How Afghanistan rattled Asia and emboldened China

Tessa Wong and Zhaoyin Feng, BBC News – 24 August 2021 The responses from Asian countries after the fall of Kabul have been overwhelmingly in scepticism of the U.S.’ intentions and trustworthiness in the region. Whilst Singapore warned that they were watching the country’s next moves in response to the situation, China has stepped up…

After Afghanistan, the Pax Americana is over – as is Nato. About time too

Simon Tisdall, The Guardian – 21 August 2021 According to this article on The Guardian, Joe Biden has “undermined the western alliance” with his “undeserved contempt for Afghan forces and obliviousness to the sacrifices of Nato allies”. The author argues a need for a more balanced and respectful security relationship between the US and Europe…

Learning from the War: “Who Lost Afghanistan?” versus Learning “Why We Lost”

Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies – 10 August 2021 As the Taliban surrounds Kabul and takes control of the country, in this report on CSIS the author predicts “a partisan U.S. political battle over who lost Afghanistan”. The author states “the key issue is not why the war was lost, it…

Is a Civil War following Afghanistan?

Rajarsahi Chakraborty, Jawaharlal Nehru University – 6 August 2021 By the first quarter of 2021, Afghanistan has witnessed the resurgent of Taliban which has killed 573 people and left 1210 injured. As of July 2021, out of total districts, 223 districts are captured by the Taliban, 111 districts are contested between the Taliban and the Afghan government and…

Where are Australia’s liberal values when it comes to Afghanistan?

Daryl Guppy, South China Morning Post – 17 July 2021 In this opinion article on SCMP, Daryl Guppy questions Australia’s adherence to its liberal values regarding delays in granting visas to the Afghan subcontractors who supported the Australian forces during their military occupation. Guppy states “walking away from those who put their lives on the…