#32 - Why Afghanistan’s tribes beat the US | Curio

#32 - Why Afghanistan’s tribes beat the US

18 mins | Aug 18, 2021

Today's episode from 19th August 2021. Up first this morning: A 'military organisation', 'extremists' or just simply a tribe? What are the Taliban and is their traditional form of political structure a trend we're set to see more of? Later on, we hear why ambition can be both a burden but also a positive driving force. The takeover of Kabul by the Taliban shows that states are not the only form of political institution. Jeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas, argues that tightly bound kinship networks aren’t vestiges of the past. Instead, they represent a modern and effective form of political organisation. A former FT journalist was brought up to despise aspiration. Now she considers it a good thing, but it must be proportionate. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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