Joseph E. FALLON, PhD
In Afghanistan, history is a causal loop where “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” This is a result of its strategic location in Eurasia as the hub linking East Asia to South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Geopolitics has insured that for two centuries Afghanistan remains a pawn in “the Great Game” that never-ending cycle of plots, plans, and ploys by which outside powers “contest for mastery in Central Asia”1 through “risk, chance, and deception.”2
1 Malcom Yapp, “The Legend of the Great Game”, Elie Kedourie Memorial Lecture, Proceeding of British Academy, 111, p. 179-98, The British Academy, 2001, p. 179, https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/pubs/ proc/files/111p179.pdf
2 Ibid, p. 183.