Afghan Crucible

September 9, 2022
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Phrases such as, “history is written by the victors,” while often cycnical, hint at a fundamental truth: Historical events assume different significance depending on the perspective from which they are viewed. In this week’s episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Professor Elisabeth Leake of the Fletcher School at Tufts discusses her book, Afghan Crucible, which examines the war in Afghanistan from a variety of different historical, political, and geographic perspectives. Her analysis gives a rich and nuanced view of the role that this small, impoverished nation has played in shaping the foreign policy destiny of great powers, and of shaping the lives of those who have been touched by the conflict there.

 

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