US Intervention in Afghanistan: Justifying the Unjustifiable?

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This article argues that the USA and its Western allies have misused ‘Just War’ narratives to legitimise an external intervention in Afghanistan and their use of force during the War on Terror. It explores the extent to which such external interventions, military strategies, narratives and justifications by the USA may have contributed to state failure in Afghanistan. As the legitimacy of earlier external interventions is called into question, while the road ahead for Afghanistan remains precarious, thinking about a new paradigm of post-war reconstruction becomes important for the country and its people in years to come.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-86
Number of pages17
JournalSouth Asia Research
Issue number1
Early online date6 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


  • Afghanistan
  • Taliban
  • US intervention
  • War on Terror
  • al Qaeda


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