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    Long War, Forgotten Peace

    Part of the LSE Public Policy Review Series

    Michael Cox (editor)
    London School of Economics



    978-1-909890-98-5 (print)

    978-1-909890-99-2 (PDF)

    978-1-911712-00-8 (epub)

    978-1-911712-01-5 (Mobi)

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.31389/lsepress.afg 


    Afghanistan has been in the headlines for many years – but tragically for all the wrong reasons. First invaded by the Soviets in 1979, the country experienced the trauma of civil war followed by yet another intervention, this time by the United States and allies, which ended with the West’s ignominious withdrawal in August 2021. Afghanistan: Long War, Forgotten Peace examines multiple dimensions of what happened and why, and what the future holds for the country now the Taliban are back in power.

    Multidisciplinary in approach, this book features analysts from a variety of academic disciplines, including policy-makers and public intellectuals – many with direct experience of having lived and worked in Afghanistan. It explains why the Taliban finally triumphed, what this means for Afghan society, and how competing actors in the international system have reacted to the Taliban takeover. Questions include whether the West’s withdrawal represented a major or only a temporary setback for NATO and the United States, and whether and how there can be any amelioration of the situation in Afghanistan itself. The country and its people face multiple interrelated challenges, including those of women’s rights, the drugs economies and human trafficking and exploitation.

    This volume is essential reading for all those concerned with what happens in Afghanistan over the coming months and years, the consequences for the Afghan people – and for the rest of the world.

    Early praise for Afghanistan

    "In this superb volume, Michael Cox has brought together a distinguished and interdisciplinary group of scholars to reflect on Afghanistan’s troubled recent past. Chapters range widely, probing the social challenges and religious upheavals within Afghan society as well as the regional geopolitical struggles and military interventions that have left the country so desperately in need of a better future. The book is essential reading for both scholars and policy-makers."

    Professor G.J. Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University

    About the editor

    Professor Michael Cox is a Founding Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor in International Relations at LSE. He was appointed to a Chair in International Relations at the School in 2002. His more recent publications include a new edition of EH Carr’s The Twenty Years’ Crisis and a collection of his own essays entitled The Post-Cold War World, which was published in 2018. 2019 saw the publication of his new edition of JM Keynes’s The Economic Consequences of the Peace, and in 2021 he edited and brought out EH Carr’s 1945 long out of print classic, Nationalism and After. His most recent book, Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden, was published in 2022. He is currently completing a volume for Polity Press called Comrades: Xi Jinping, Putin and the Challenge to Western Liberal Order.


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