Imperial Britain's Afghan Agony

February 28, 2012 Topics: History Regions: AfghanistanUnited Kingdom

Imperial Britain's Afghan Agony

Mini Teaser: America's effort to shape events in Afghanistan has many historical antecedents. None ended in greater tragedy than Britain's involvement there from 1838–1842. Diana Preston offers a well-researched, well-written account of this sad tale.

by Author(s): Seth G. Jones

Haven’t we learned that lesson before?

Seth G. Jones, author of In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan (W.W. Norton, 2009), is a senior political scientist at RAND. From 2009 to 2011, he served in various positions at U.S. Special Operations Command, including in Afghanistan.

Pullquote: There remain some valid lessons from the First Anglo-Afghan War. One of the most important is the fiction of a strong, central Afghan state.Image: Essay Types: Book Review