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By prospect   July 2008

All quiet on the Afghan front

Those who attended the Hay festival debate between Britain’s ambassador in Kabul, Sherard Cowper-Coles, and Rory Stewart—who also duked it out in the January 2008 issue of Prospect—say it was enthralling. So why did this verbal joust about Britain’s Afghan policy end up on the cutting-room floor?

Most of the other Hay talks were uploaded as podcasts to the festival’s website. But of the Afghan debate, not a trace. No explanation was forthcoming. But it may have something to do with the content of the debate, in which Stewart, a longstanding critic of Britain’s…

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