SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Afghanistan: Strategic and Geopolitical Perspectives (Online Module)

You will engage with political debates about the strategic and geopolitical significance of Afghanistan and analyse the ways in which the region became a site for the Cold War through U.S. and Soviet direct and indirect interventions. You will also develop a nuanced understanding of how the ‘war on terror’ impacts upon the region in terms of the struggle to develop sustainable local governance amidst international security interests.

All modules are subject to availability and are subject to change from session to session.

Suggested reading

S Becker, 'The Great Game: The History of an Evocative Phrase', Asian Affairs, 43 (1), 2012

Thomas Barfield, Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010)

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