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Parallels with the Past: How the Soviets Lost in Afghanistan, How the Americans are Losing

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Goodson, Larry
Johnson, Thomas H.
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Security, Politics, and Human Terrain in Central and South Asia
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2011
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Fall 2011
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This article assesses seven startling and unsettling similarities between Soviet strategies and tactics in Afghanistan during their Afghan war of 1979–1989 and American coalition strategies and tactics in Afghanistan since October 2001. It concludes with the implications of this dynamic. In particular, the similarities between Soviet and U.S. approaches to Afghanistan that focus on key population centers, reconciliation/reintegration, and the development of ‘‘Afghan’’ solutions to a variety of security concerns are extremely disturbing and, we believe, should be the focus of national attention and debate.
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Orbis 55, No. 4 (Fall 2011), 577-599
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Parallels with the Past How the Soviets Lost in Afghanistan, How the Americans are Losing, Larry Goodson and Thomas H. Johnson, Orbis 55, No. 4 (Fall 2011), 577-599
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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