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Author Lucas, Matthew Robert, author.
Title A self-defeating strategy : the United States in Afghanistan, 1946-1960 / by Matthew Robert Lucas.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  D16.25 .Z95 2012 L83eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vi, 101 pages)
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Format online resource
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Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 97-101).
Summary The lack of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan directly after World War Two influenced U.S. policy in the region for decades. This thesis investigates an understudied area of United States foreign affairs by examining how the U.S. undermined its policy towards Afghanistan from 1946-1960. It traces how the United States moved away from establishing relations with Afghanistan and drew closer to Pakistan, and argues that this led Afghanistan to embrace aid from the Soviet Union. This thesis challenges standard views that Afghanistan was always in the Soviet sphere and that the United States could not create a relationship with the country in three key ways. First, the U.S. refused and ignored requests from Afghani leaders for support, which led Afghani policymakers to explore other options for aid. Second, the United States provided Pakistan with aid and constantly believed Pakistani hyperbole about Afghanistan. By supporting Pakistan and not Afghanistan, the U.S. pushed Afghanistan to accept Soviet succor. Third, the U.S. refused to believe that Afghanistan was a strategic asset in the region yet defended its two neighbors, Iran and Pakistan.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on May 31, 2012).
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Afghanistan -- 20th century.
Afghanistan -- Foreign relations -- United States -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Pakistan -- 20th century.
Afghanistan -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union -- 20th century.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Economic assistance, American -- Pakistan -- 20th century.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- History.
OCLC number 847544377