Supplemental Materials

The United States in Afghanistan

The United States in Afghanistan brings students into the policy debate about the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Students begin by exploring Afghanistan’s culture and history, and then examine the events that led to the Soviet invasion, the arrival of Osama bin Laden, and the situation today.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

Graphic Organizers

Bring university scholars into your classroom as they discuss the history of Afghanistan and current U.S. policy in the region.

Includes seven maps that are used in the readings and lessons.

PowerPoint of Images
For use with the lesson "Looking at Afghanistan."

The Costs of War
In this lesson, students explore the human, economic, social, and political costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Web Links

The South Asia Channel
Contains a daily roundup of the latest developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

Homeland Afghanistan
A rich, interactive website about the history and culture of Afghanistan.

Cost of War Project
A research project from the Watson Institute at Brown University that quantifies the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

NPR Afghanistan Page
A database of news reports on Afghanistan, including audio recordings and radio clips.

National Security Archive: Afghanistan: Lessons from the Last War
Declassified U.S. and Soviet documents on the Soviet war in Afghanistan.


Barfield, Thomas. Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2010). 389 pages.

Bergen, Peter. The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda (New York, New York: Free Press, 2011). 475 pages.

Coll, Steve. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (New York, New York: Penguin Press, 2004). 697 pages.

Dupree, Louis. Afghanistan (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1973). 760 pages.

Edwards, David B. Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad (Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 2002). 354 pages.

Gregorian, Vartan. The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan: Politics of Reform and Modernization, 1880-1946 (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1969). 586 pages.

Rashid, Ahmed. Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia (New York, New York: Viking, 2008). 484 pages.

Riedel, Bruce. Pakistan, America, and the Future of Global Jihad (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2010). 180 pages.

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