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It is the mid 1980s. Détente has ended, and Cold War tensions are as high as ever. The USSR has been occupying Afghanistan since 1979, having installed a government friendly to the interests of Brezhnev’s Soviet regime. They have been met with resistance among the Afghan people, primarily tribal populations and Arab volunteers forming into groups known as the mujahedeen. The mujahedeen are not alone, however, as Pakistan, the US, and Saudi Arabia all have their fingerprints on the resistance, driven by their own motivations. A combination of tribal leaders, mujahedeen generals, foreign intelligence officials and investors are now holding an unconventional summit of sorts, seeking to engineer a strategy to Afghanistan of its invaders. What alliances will be formed? Who can be trusted? Can the Soviets be forced out? And most importantly, what happens next?

Topic: The Insurgency

By the early 1980s, the insurgency against the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan has raged for a number of years. Secret alliances have been adopted and progress has been made, but the Soviets remain resilient and unyielding in their control of the land. It is up to the Afghan people, and those claiming to be their allies, to rid their nation of the Soviet infection.

Topic: The Future

The Afghan people yearn for a nation controlled by and for their own people. Though most agree on this goal, there is little, if any, consensus on how such a government would be formed. There is even less agreement on who will have power in this new system. Many, many important figures and world powers will have a say in an eventual Afghan government.

Committee Email: ghostwars@bu.edu


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