Anatol Lieven


Anatol Lieven is a Professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London and a Senior Fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry.

  • Ukraine—The Way Out

    May 5, 2014

    What is truly strange and terrible about the looming disaster in Ukraine is that all the leading players already know and agree about what the only solution can be, even if they disagree on the details and the timing.

  • Afghanistan: The Desert of Death

    January 7, 2014

    All these years in Afghanistan, NATO has actually been subsidizing the Taliban’s war effort.

  • Afghanistan: Risking a Collapse

    December 3, 2013

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a basing agreement with the United States is putting at risk the willingness of the US and the West to remain engaged in Afghanistan at all.

  • Afghanistan: What Pakistan Wants

    July 15, 2013

    Many Pakistanis view the Taliban (and Afghans in general) as greedy, treacherous, primitive, and fanatical savages. For the Taliban, the Pakistani state and military (and non-Pashtun Pakistanis in general) are decadent, corrupt, treacherous, brutal, and greedy oppressors. Each side regards the other as inherently unreliable.

  • Afghanistan: The War After the War

    July 14, 2013

    If the US pulls out of Afghanistan completely and India pours in arms, money, and advisers, then it seems certain that Pakistan would ramp up its support for the Taliban. What all this outside “aid” would do--as it has so often in Afghanistan’s tragic past--is ensure that the civil war continues, perhaps indefinitely.

  • Our War Against the Pashtuns

    April 3, 2012

    The war in Afghanistan has always been an Afghan civil war, as well as a war between the Taliban and Western forces. The fact is that a plurality of Afghans are rural Pashtuns. By tipping the military balance in favor of the non-Pashtun nationalities, the US and NATO intervention has motivated Pashtuns to fight against the western forces. The tragic reality is that the presence and actions of the US forces themselves have contributed to Taliban support. If there was any doubt about that before the burning of the Korans and the massacre by Sergeant Robert Bales in Kandahar, there can be no doubt now.