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Struggles for Freedom Afghanistan and US Foreign Policy Since 1979,9781474405461

Struggles for Freedom Afghanistan and US Foreign Policy Since 1979

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 6/1/2021
Publisher(s): Edinburgh University Press
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'Freedom' has been variously called America's 'foundational ethic,' 'ultimate codeword,' and 'most resonant, deeply held value' - yet no study has formerly subjected it to sustained, systematic analysis with regards to US foreign policy. Struggles for Freedom: Afghanistan and US Foreign Policy Since 1979 addresses this deficit, inquiring into the cultural production of US national identity to ask not so much what freedom is but, rather, what freedom does.

The central theme of this book is the pivotal role that 'freedom' has played in US foreign policy towards Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion in 1979 - a story that has not previously been told. Andrew Hammond draws on extensive archival research and over 80 interviews with figures such as former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Secretary of State George Shultz and the current Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins to offer a radically new perspective on US foreign policy towards Afghanistan.

By comparing and contrasting the discourses of freedom employed towards Afghanistan during the Cold War and the Global War on Terror, Hammond explores what he terms the paradox of freedom: how a nation formerly lauded, an example to America and humanity, found itself to be an object of fear and pity, and symbolically linked with a threat to freedom.

Author Biography

Andrew Hammond is United Nations Impact Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. He has previously contributed book chapters to Obama and the World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2014) and to Spy Chiefs: Intelligence Leaders in the Anglosphere - Volume 1 (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming 2015) as well as to the Journal of Human Rights.

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