A Bitter Harvest: Us Foreign Policy and Afghanistan

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The 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States formed part of the larger legacy of American interaction in Afghanistan. From the end of World War II onward, American foreign policy had a significant impact on the conflicts that marked the twentieth century history of this troubled land. The role of the United States was magnified by the violence of the ongoing internal ethnic struggles and the external machinations of the superpower Cold War rivalry.

In line with the aims of the series, this valuable new book:
· presents a historical overview of the causes and legacy of Afghanistan's internal conflict
· explores the role and influence of the actors involved, including the various ethnic and religious groups and external powers such as the United States and the Soviet Union
· provides the framework for a broader exploration of US policy toward Afghanistan

A Bitter Harvest concludes with an assessment of US policy and policy recommendations.

Contents: Introduction: the renewed importance of Afghanistan in US policy
The ethnic actors
Colonialism and the history of conflict
The failure of the post-colonial Afghan state
US policy at the dawn of the Cold War
The turn to the Soviet Union
1979: the invasion and the Mujahideen
The Taliban and post-Cold War US policy
September 11 and the fall of the Taliban
Conclusion: the present and future US role

About the Author:
Tom Lansford, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Renewed Importance of Afghanistan in US Policy 1
1 The Ethnic Actors 10
2 Colonism and a History of Conflict 31
3 The Failure of the Post-Colonial Afghan State 51
4 US Policy at the Dawn of the Cold War 71
5 The Turn to the Soviet Union 94
6 1979: The Invasion and the Mujahideen 113
7 The Taliban and Post-Cold War US Policy 136
8 September 11 and the Fall of the Taliban 157
Conclusion: The Present and Future US Role 178
Bibliography 189
Index 203
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