Afghanistan

Here you can download chapter 2 of Wilf’s book Nowhere to Lay Our Head, on the subject of Afghanistan. There may have been minor edits and updates since its original publication.

AFGHANISTAN – PHONEY WAR IN ASIAN BUFFER STATE (PDF file – 17 pages, 217 KB)

Contents:
WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT
A HISTORY OF CONQUEST AND WAR
TRADITIONAL EMPIRES IN AFGHANISTAN: IRAN, UK AND RUSSIA
THE FIRST ANGLO AFGHAN WAR: 1838-42
BRITISH HEGEMONY IN CENTRAL ASIA: 1842 – 1919
A PEASANT STATE VERSUS A LANDLORD STATE
WARRIORS FOR RENT?
THE PUSHTUN PROBLEM
THE RUSSIAN INVASION AND CIVIL WAR
A FAILED STATE?
TODAY’S ‘OPIUM JIHAD’
POLICING A WHIRLWIND
‘STRATEGIC’ AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN’S FUTURE
THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY AT STAKE