Produced by Matchlight, (c) Matchlight 2012

Rory Stewart brings his expertise from his years as a soldier, diplomat and historian to the story of two centuries of foreign intervention in Afghanistan - from the British in the 19th Century through to the Soviet and US interventions of the 80s. In the 19th Century the British tried to add Afghanistan to the Empire and failed while in the 20th Century the Russians lost their empire fighting in Afghanistan. Today, the Afghan War is the central foreign policy challenge we face in the twenty-first century. So what, for Rory Stewart, are the lessons of history for those countries that have chosen to invade and occupy Afghanistan again today? His conclusions may not be what viewers expect.

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