Considered upon first publication by many to be too pessimistic, Johnson and Leslie's analysis of the situation in Afghanistan has proved to be tragically accurate. This updated edition adds a new chapter to the 2004 original, exploring how claims of 'success' have often proved to be hollow, as Afghanistan is increasingly portrayed as replacing Iraq as 'the bad war' .
Afghanistan looks at a country now widely recognized to be in deep crisis, examining the corrosive effect of international military forces and the corruption and muddle that jeopardize efforts at state-building. As before, the analysis is rooted in the experience of ordinary Afghans and their relationship to their complex history.
Now, more than ever, it is important to understand Afghanistan, and the myths and half-truths that abound.