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One other comment, the proxy article talks about the future but I think the concepts work well for 1990's Afghanistan and American policy toward the region. Instead of the idea of abandonment--which set the stage for subsequent strategies by various administrations--a better lens might have been how prioritizing 90's Asian geoeconomics as a basis of 90's era South Asian policy blinded various Western systems to the basic dynamics of the region.

(Robert Kaplan talks about this a little bit in an article at Real Clear World). I'll post a bunch of links when I get the chance.

Thanks so much for posting this. The article on proxy wars is interesting and the topic highlights what I think is the weakness of a certain 90's/00's era focus on "non-state" actors and networks that, weirdly, didn't do enough to highlight that it's the state supported licit and illicit connections that are most interesting: air travel, internet, trade, "black" globalization, state leverage or countering of proxies. I always thought the whole 90's peacekeeping/stability/popCOIN view of the international situation was a bit too "static" intellectually.