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Andropov was right

Tariq Ali: The Russians in Afghanistan

16 June 2011
Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89 
by Rodric Braithwaite.
Profile, 417 pp., £25, March 2011, 978 1 84668 054 0
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A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan 
by Artemy Kalinovsky.
Harvard, 304 pp., £20.95, May 2011, 978 0 674 05866 8
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... RodricBraithwaite, British ambassador to Moscow between 1988 and 1992, was in Russia when Soviet troops crossed the Oxus into Afghanistan in 1979. His fascinating account of the Soviet intervention is based almost ...

New World Chaos

Rodric Braithwaite

24 January 2013
Governing the World: The History of an Idea 
by Mark Mazower.
Allen Lane, 475 pp., £25, October 2012, 978 0 7139 9683 8
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... Mark Mazower has written many elegant but gloomy books about the unending capacity of the Europeans to destroy one another. His new book is elegant, perceptive, stimulating and erudite. It deals with the attempts to create institutions that would bring economic and political order not only to Europe, but to mankind in general, to find a way of bringing to an end the Hobbesian chaos of war between nations ...

Diary

Thomas Jones: The Bomb in My Head

5 April 2018
... from Aldermaston. Perhaps people think the anti-nuclear protests during the Cold War didn’t make any difference, that they were as fruitless as the civil defence advice to ‘duck and cover’. RodricBraithwaite, a former British ambassador to Moscow, in his new book, Armageddon and Paranoia, follows the establishment line that the protests, though ‘impressive’, ‘did not change policy’.3 ...

In the Streets of Londonistan

John Upton: Terror, Muslims and the Met

22 January 2004
... Muslims believe,’ he tells me, ‘is that politicians always want to make out that there is something going on.’ (And not just Muslims: the former head of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Sir RodricBraithwaite, has also spoken of ‘overselling’.) ‘The threat of terror is extremely exaggerated,’ Tamimi continues. ‘The police have been trying hard to build bridges with the various ...

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