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Steve Coll on the C.I.A. and America’s secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Steve Coll about his new book Directorate S: the C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The book details how the CIA, Pakistan’s ISI, and Afghanistan's intelligence agencies influenced the rise of the war in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, and the violence that fostered a revival of Al-Qaeda and other extremist forces. Seventeen years after the US invaded Afghanistan, what is its end game? 


Steve Coll, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and author of Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Web Resources:

The NY Times: The War That Will Not End

The NY Times: We Can’t Win in Afghanistan Because We Don’t Know Why We’re There

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.