‘The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War’

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‘The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War’

Craig Whitlock, Spencer Bakich

Thursday, October 21, 2021
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
Event Details

Drawing extensively from the Miller Center's presidential oral histories, Craig Whitlock's new book, The Afghanistan Papers, tells the story of how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public year after year about America’s longest war, foreshadowing the Taliban’s recapture of Afghanistan. The author discusses his book with Miller Center senior fellow Spencer Bakich, an expert in U.S. national security policy.

This event is co-sponsored by the UVA Democracy Initiative's Democratic Statecraft Lab.


Thursday, October 21, 2021
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
Online webinar
Craig Whitlock headshot

Craig Whitlock

Craig Whitlock is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post. He has covered the global war on terrorism for the Post since 2001 as a foreign correspondent, Pentagon reporter, and national security specialist. In 2019, his coverage of the war in Afghanistan won the George Polk Award for Military Reporting, the Scripps Howard Award for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Freedom of Information Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for international reporting. He has reported from more than sixty countries and is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Spencer Bakich headshot

Spencer Bakich

Spencer Bakich is a professor of international studies and the director of the National Security Program at the Virginia Military Institute and a senior fellow at the Miller Center. Specializing in strategic studies and American foreign policy, Bakich teaches courses in grand strategy, U.S. national security policy, U.S.-China relations, and strategy and cybersecurity. He is the author of Success and Failure in Limited War: Information and Strategy in the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Iraq Wars.