Against the Grain

War, Democracy, and Frontiers

The longest and most expensive war in U.S. history is the ongoing war in Afghanistan. What impact has the nineteen-year-old conflict had on U.S. democracy? According to Benjamin Hopkins, the Afghanistan war has fundamentally damaged the social and political fabric of the U.S. Hopkins also describes what he calls frontier governmentality, the focus of his latest book.

Benjamin Hopkins, “The War That Destroyed America: Afghanistan’s Coming Bill” Critical Asian Studies

Benjamin Hopkins, Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State Harvard University Press, 2020


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