Thursday, 8 December 2011
At the back end of last month, I spoke to foreign correspondent Jonathan Steele about Afghanistan for the War Studies podcast. I've embedded it below in case you missed it.
Steele's new book, Ghosts of Afghanistan, compares the experiences of Russian (1979-89) and US/NATO (2001-) forces in Afghanistan.
He argues that President Obama can learn from how Mikhail Gorbachev began withdrawing Russian troops in 1988.
In Steele's estimation, Obama should be pursuing a negotiated settlement with the Taliban and other parties with more vigour.