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Why Now? — The Afghanistan-Ukraine Nexus

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Australian Institute of International Affairs, 5 April 2022

Prof. Bill Maley’s commentary, culminating in the following statement:

… the invasion of Ukraine arguably reflected […] the failure of general deterrence — that is, the creation through word and deed of apprehension in the mind of an aggressive autocrat that a democratic superpower such as the United States might live up to its own rhetoric about the protection of democracy and freedom. And if one wishes to answer the question of why such general deterrence might have failed in 2022, one need not look much further than the case of Afghanistan in 2021.