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Publications on Afghanistan

Professor David Gibbs’ Publications on Afghanistan

  “Reassessing Soviet Motives for Invading Afghanistan: A Declassified History,” Critical Asian Studies 38, no. 2, 2006. Earlier draft published in German translation as “Die Hintergründe der Sowjetischen Invasion in Afghanistan, 1979,” in Bernd Greiner, Christian Müller, and Dierk Walter, eds, Heisse Kriege im Kalten Krieg (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2006). For full text, click here.

  “Pretexts and U.S. Foreign Policy: The War on Terrorism in Historical Perspective,” New Political Science 26, no. 3, 2004. Reprinted in Joseph Peschek, ed., The Politics of Empire: War, Terror, and Hegemony (New York: Routledge, 2005). For full text, click here.

  “Forgotten Coverage of Afghan ‘Freedom Fighters’: The Villains of Today’s News were Heroes in the ‘80s,” Extra, January/February 2002. For full text, click here.

  “U.S.: Choose Allies Carefully -- Remember Bin Laden Began his Career as a U.S. Ally,” Christian Science Monitor, September 25, 2001. Reprinted in eleven other periodicals including Sacramento Bee . Translated into Chinese. For article full text, click here.  

  “Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion in Retrospect,” International Politics 37, no. 2, 2000. For article full text, click here.

  “The ‘Military-Industrial Complex,’ Sectoral Conflict, and the Study of U.S. Foreign Policy,” in Ronald W. Cox, ed., Business and the State in International Relations (Boulder, CO: Westview, 1996).

  “Does the USSR Have a ‘Grand Strategy’? Reinterpreting the Invasion of Afghanistan,” Journal of Peace Research 24, no. 4, 1987. Full text available through JSTOR.

  “The Peasant as Counterrevolutionary: The Rural Origins of the Afghan Insurgency,” Studies in Comparative International Development 21, no. 1, 1986. Full text available through EBSCO-Academic Search Complete (click on “PDF Full Text”).

For copies of the above publications, contact Professor Gibbs (dgibbs@arizona.edu).

For a complete list of Professor Gibbs’ publications, click here.

Also, see the complete English language transcript of Brzezinski’s 1998 interview with Le Nouvel Observateur. In it, Brzezinski boasts that U.S. aid to the anti-Soviet guerrillas began before the USSR invaded Afghanistan in December 1979.

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