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Not Lawrence, but Lawrance: Transition in Afghanistan and After


As the Afghan wind-down continues, the T E Lawrence myth is not helpful: Sir Arthur Lawrance is a better example

T E Lawrence is often indicated as a model of successful interaction between Western armies and tribally organised societies – the inspiration behind the training of the AfPak Hands. But the Lawrence myth, argues Brock Millman, is a misleading one, and his contemporary, Sir Arthur Lawrance, is a better model. What is needed in countries like Afghanistan is a system of trained professionals on the blueprint of the British Colonial Service – an elite of specially selected

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