Middle East & North Africa

Marksism – No. 62: Nation Building, Afghanistan, Niebuhr
Marksism – No. 62: Nation Building, Afghanistan, Niebuhr

This week the editors cover Henry Nau’s article about nation-building, 75-year-old reports from occupied Germany by Reinhold Neibuhr and John Baillie, a podcast with Rebeccah Heinrichs, and an event with Paul D. Miller and Jon Askonas.

Outbidding Cycle of Terrorist Violence in Afghanistan
Afghanistan: What Happened and What’s Next?

On September 1, Providence hosted a conversation between Paul Miller and Jon Askonas on Afghanistan.

Outbidding Cycle of Terrorist Violence in Afghanistan
Outbidding Cycle of Terrorist Violence in Afghanistan

Let’s take a look at the players, the victims, the outbidding cycle, and why ISIS-K is likely to ramp up the violence in Afghanistan. All of this suggests much more violence that will target Christians and Shia Muslims, as well as more oppression of highly (Western) educated people, women, and others who may not bend to the new social order.

Foreign Policy ProvCast: Ep. 66 | The Fall of Afghanistan and Joe Biden’s Withdrawal
Foreign Policy ProvCast: Ep. 66 | The Fall of Afghanistan and Joe Biden’s Withdrawal

In this episode, Rebeccah Heinrichs of the Hudson Institute talks with Mark Melton about the fall of Afghanistan.

Why Nation-Building Is Inevitable
Why Nation-Building Is Inevitable

So, should we stay indefinitely in places like Afghanistan and Iraq? The answer depends on whether the costs are worth the benefits compared to American interests in other parts of the world.

Marksism – No. 61: Niebuhr, Divine Judgment, and Afghanistan

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss a 75-year-old article by Reinhold Niebuhr in relation to events in Afghanistan.

Thinking about the Afghan Crisis: Vietnam, Cuba, or Iran?
Thinking about the Afghan Crisis: Vietnam, Cuba, or Iran?

With the debacle unfolding in Afghanistan, what is the schema that political leaders have in mind?

Major Dan and Major John: A Reflection on Afghanistan’s Fall
Major Dan and Major John: A Reflection on Afghanistan’s Fall

Robert G. Morrison reflects on the fall of Afghanistan and the lack of religious freedom there.

The Fall of Afghanistan: What Does it Mean for Iran?
The Fall of Afghanistan: What Does it Mean for Iran?

A Taliban-led government in Afghanistan is going to be both an opportunity and a strategic threat for Iran.