The United States and Afghanistan 1970 – 2010: Friendships and Foes in Times of War

Author: Stephanie Felder


Roxborough High School

Year: 2010

Seminar: History of the Modern Middle East

Grade Level: 9-12

Keywords: Afghanistan, Foreign Relations, Middle East History

School Subject(s): Global History, History, Social Studies

Afghanistan is a landlocked country in Asia that has a history steeped in war and conflict. Twentieth century history has proven a continuation of that history.  Throughout Afghanistan’s history various outside groups have tried to influence the political and social history. Among the leading influences are Pakistan, the former Soviet Union and the United States.  These influences played themselves out in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  This curriculum unit is an overview of the war that involved many years of conflict and cooperation.  This unit will also address the role of the United States Government in conflicts outside of the United States.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the geography, culture and politics of Afghanistan.

Since October 7, 2001, Americans have constantly heard of the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Through this unit, students will gain a historical perspective of United States foreign relations with Afghanistan, the historical role of congressional appropriations in the region, and an overview of how United States tax dollars can be spent to further causes abroad.  Additionally, this unit will examine the role of the United States in the Afghan-Soviet War.

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