FP Virtual Dialogue: The American War in Afghanistan
A conversation with the 2022 Lionel Gelber Book Prize Winner
While the world’s focus is pivoting away from the war and withdrawal in Afghanistan, the Taliban is further cracking down on the media, increasing restrictions on women, and expanding detainments on minority groups. What lessons can be learned from America’s war in Afghanistan as global leaders work to bolster democracy and fight extremism in that country and around the world?
In his 2022 Lionel Gelber Prize–winning book The American War in Afghanistan: A History, noted historian and former adviser to American military commanders in Afghanistan, Carter Malkasian, offers an extraordinary view into the dynamics that led to America’s withdrawal and the Taliban’s return to power. Malkasian’s account draws on primary sources and takes the reader through the complicated political, military, and socio-cultural forces that shaped America’s longest war.
Foreign Policy, in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, hosted a virtual conversation with the 2022 Lionel Gelber Prize winner Carter Malkasian to explore the cultural context of the war, the missteps that led to defeat, and lessons that can inform international engagement going forward.
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