Chronicles Magazine March 2010

The Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan

Hoping to bolster its geopolitical position, a great power sends troops to Afghanistan and installs a puppet leader. That leader has little authority with the influential tribal chieftains and insufficient means to buy their complicity.

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  • Perspective

    Divide and Conquer

    Colonel Malleson began his History of Afghanistan (1879) with this anecdote, because he wished to explain to his British readers why “this country of rocks and stones” had “an importance beyond its territorial value.”

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  • NEWS

    The Graveyard of Empires

    Leaders in the United States and abroad are questioning Obama’s strategy for a “war of necessity” that requires a complex political, social, and military situation to be resolved in such a short period.

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