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Owen Schalk Launching Canada in Afghanistan (In Person + Streaming)

Thursday Jan 18 2024 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove & YouTube
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Join Owen Schalk for the Saskatoon launch of Canada in Afghanistan (James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers). Ethan Klein joins us as host for the evening.

The event will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove, and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will remain available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Canadian leaders then and now claim great success for Canada's role in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2014 and beyond. Though 151 Canadians were killed in combat, the Canadian military played a key role in fighting the Taliban. Canada built schools, restored a major dam, and advised a government on elections and economic development. Yet within hours of the final withdrawal by US troops in 2021, the government collapsed. The Taliban returned to power.

Why did Canada send our military to fight the Taliban and occupy Afghanistan? Why was the mission a failure? And why have Canadian governments failed to analyze the reasons for this failure?

In Canada in Afghanistan, independent scholar Owen Schalk offers a history of Canada's role in Afghanistan. He discusses why Canada's efforts, and those of the US and others, failed. And he shows how the Canadian media did not report accurately on the war and misinformed the public during the war and afterwards.

Owen Schalk provides an incisive, illuminating account of Canadian involvement in a war that cost lives and many billions. It's a story that Canadian officials would prefer not be told.

Owen Schalk is an independent researcher and writer whose work focuses on domestic and foreign policy. He is a columnist at Canadian Dimension magazine.

 Ethan Klein (he/they) is a settler MFA in Writing candidate at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on short stories and creative nonfiction. Ethan grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and currently lives in Saskatoon with his wife, two dogs, and two cats.

See:

Canada in Afghanistan

- Owen Schalk

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Canadian leaders then and now claim great success for Canada's role in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2014 and beyond. Though 151 Canadians were killed in combat, the Canadian military played a key role in fighting the Taliban. Canada built schools, restored a major dam, and advised a government on elections and economic development. Yet within hours of the final withdrawal by US troops in 2021, the government collapsed. The Taliban returned to power.

Why did Canada send our military to fight the Taliban and occupy Afghanistan? Why was the mission a failure? And why have Canadian governments failed to analyze the reasons for this failure?

In this book, independent scholar Owen Schalk offers a history of Canada's role in Afghanistan. He discusses why Canada's efforts, and those of the US and others, failed. And he shows how the Canadian media did not report accurately on the war and misinformed the public during the war and afterwards.

Owen Schalk provides an incisive, illuminating account of Canadian involvement in a war that cost lives and many billions.It's a story that Canadian officials would prefer not be told.