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Asked whether the French Revolution was a success, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai famously remarked, “It is too soon to tell.” The war in Afghanistan lasted longer and was arguably far more complex, but Canadian experts are ready to tell us what went wrong. In the lead-up to the NATO Summit next month, we ask Canada’s top military commentators to assess what went wrong – and what we can learn from our failures.

WHAT WENT WRONG?

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Bill Graham                                   Margaret MacMillan                 Roland Paris

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Eugene Lang                                  Bob Bothwell

 

WHAT CAN WE LEARN?

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Bill Graham                                   Margaret MacMillan                Roland Paris

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Eugene Lang                                  Bob Bothwell

 

 

What Went Wrong in Canada?

OpenCanada’s Anouk Dey considers how political machinations in Ottawa came before military considerations in dictating Canada’s Afghan war effort.

 

Thanks to the Trinity-Munk Centre for the Study of Contemporary International History for hosting, “Afghanistan: The Australian and Canadian Experience Compared.”