HIST412 - Afghanistan and the U.S. War of Necessity

Description: 
As U.S. and NATO forces continue their withdrawal from Afghanistan, many questions remain about Afghanistan's future. We will examine the most fundamental aspects of what constitutes the longest war in U.S. history, its complex and multi-faceted dynamics, and the critical impact it has had on U.S. Grand Strategy and on the geopolitical balance of the region. Following an introduction to the" Great Game" of British-Russian competition in the region in the 19th century, we look at the Cold War era, and then focus on the post-9/11 period, the U.S. invasion and explore the various dimensions of this "war of necessity." We will address themes of radical Islamism, the war on terror, COIN (counter-insurgency), state-building and democratization, the Indo-Pakistani rivalry, and Afghanistan's political culture.
Instructors: 
CAVANNA, THOMAS
Day and Time: 
W 0430PM-0730PM
Room: 
CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 203
Activity: 
LEC
Cross Listings: 
  • INTR290604