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A History Of Western Engagement With Afghanistan — And Where The U.S. Fits In Now

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to coalition forces at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Andrew Harnik, Pool/AP)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

There’s been blowback following almost every Western engagement with Afghanistan. What are the lessons of history as the U.S. considers pulling troops out this time?

Guests

Thomas Barfield, anthropology professor at Boston University (@BU_Tweets). He researches systems of local governance and dispute resolution in Afghanistan. Author of “Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History.”

, professor of history at the University of Texas, Austin. Colonel in the Marine.” ()

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