DHP D261: Afghanistan and the U.S. "War of Necessity"
Despite a seemingly brilliant victory in the early days of the post-9/11 era, America's campaign in Afghanistan has become the longest war in US history, with currently no end in sight. Balancing history, theory, and policy this seminar investigates the mechanisms and critical junctures that led to this entanglement. It explores the collision between the US-led coalition's objectives, the lasting legacies of the Cold War and the specificities of Afghanistan' society and regional dynamics. All along, we examine critical junctures, successes, failures, and ambiguities in light of scholarly disputes and policy debates. Themes addressed include the war on terror, South Asia's geopolitics, democratization, state-building, insurgencies, and strategy.