THE UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE RISE OF THE TALIBAN: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

Authors

  • Nwinkol Barinaadaa Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Dr. Bariledum Kia Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Keywords:

Mujahidin, Taliban, Soviet Union, Cold War

Abstract

As part of the Cold War policy of truncating Soviet expansionism, the United States had supported the Mujahidin in Afghanistan in their resistance to Soviet meddlesomeness in the internal affairs of their country beginning in 1979. In ensuring this, the United States and its allies mobilized resources to carter for logistics, arms and training of Jihadists fighting the Soviets and the puppet regime it protected. These US (and its allies) supports, in no-small-measure, eventually led to a defeated Red Army, as was the case with the Americans in Vietnam. Internal jostling for power by rival jihadist groups after Soviet withdrawal in 1989 led to the rise of the Taliban-an Islamist extremist group that is today proscribed a terrorist organization by the United States, a former ally. This study   adopted historical and descriptive research method. The study obtained data from extensive review of literature on the subject under consideration. Using qualitative analytical method, the study    attributes the emergence of the Taliban to U.S. interest and conducts a historical enquiry into the current US – Taliban animosity. It concludes that, in spite of its brutal administrative tactics, the Taliban could still gain considerable acceptance especially if they imbibe some level of human right consideration in their governance, grant women some level of liberty including right to education, and observe other international best practices internally and internationally.

Author Biographies

Nwinkol Barinaadaa, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Department of History and International Diplomacy,
Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Dr. Bariledum Kia, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Department of History and International Diplomacy,
Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Published

2024-04-08

How to Cite

Nwinkol, B., & Kia, B. (2024). THE UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE RISE OF THE TALIBAN: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE . Journal of Political Discourse, 2(1 (2), 173–185. Retrieved from https://jopd.com.ng/index.php/jopdz/article/view/122