November 13, 2014

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: A Deadly Triangle + William Dalrymple: Afghanistan & the history of military disaster

William Dalrymple is a British historian, and writer, art historian and curator, as well as a prominent broadcaster and critic. His books have won numerous awards including the Duff Cooper and the Wolfson Prize, and he has been 4 times longlisted and once shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival.
Video Title: Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: A Deadly Triangle. Source: Brookings Institution. Date Published: June 20, 2013. Description:
Brookings President Strobe Talbott interviews noted historian and author William Dalrymple about his new report on a contest for power and influence in one of the world's most dangerous regions.

In "A Deadly Triangle: Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan," Dalrymple says that we look at the conflict in Afghanistan "through the wrong pair of glasses." Instead of being the Taliban against America, he says, the reality is that Pakistan supports the Afghan Taliban to avoid being surrounded by India. Dalrymple also explores the post-2014 landscape as the U.S. and allies withdraw from Afghanistan, when an already-dangerous neighborhood has the potential to become more deadly.

Video Title: William Dalrymple: Afghanistan & the history of military disaster. Source: iqsquared. Date Published: October 3, 2011. Description:
William Dalrymple in conversation with Tony Curzon Price. Why is Afghanistan so frequently the scene of hegemons' defeats? What should have been done in 2001? Is there any hope for liberal intervention?