87 Foreign Aff. 30 (2008)
From Great Game to Grand Bargain - Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan

handle is hein.journals/fora87 and id is 988 raw text is: From Great Game
to Grand Bargain
Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Barnett R. Rubin and Abmed Rashid
THE GREAT GAME is no fun anymore. The term Great Game was
used by nineteenth-century British imperialists to describe the British-
Russian struggle for position on the chessboard of Afghanistan and
Central Asia-a contest with a few players, mostly limited to intelli-
gence forays and short wars fought on horseback with rifles, and with
those living on the chessboard largely bystanders or victims. More than
a century later, the game continues. But now, the number of players
has exploded, those living on the chessboard have become involved,
and the intensity of the violence and the threats it produces affect the
entire globe. The Great Game can no longer be treated as a sporting
event for distant spectators. It is time to agree on some new rules.
Seven years after the U.S.-led coalition and the Afghan commanders
it supported pushed the leaderships of the Taliban and al Qaeda
out of Afghanistan and into Pakistan, an insurgency that includes
these and other groups is gaining ground on both the Afghan and the
BARNETT R. RUBIN is Director of Studies and a Senior Fellow at the
Center on International Cooperation at New York University and the au-
thor of The Fragmentation of Afghanistan and Blood on the Doorstep.
AHMED RASHID is a Pakistani journalist and writer, a Fellow at the
Pacific Council on International Policy, and the author ofJihad, Taliban,
and, most recently, Descent Into Chaos. The United States and the Failure of
Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and CentralAsia.


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