Preoccupation (especially on the part of journalists) with distant events, as a diversion from controversial domestic issues.
1940s. From the name of Afghanistan (Persian Afġānistān, Pashto Afġānistān), used as a type of a distant land + -ism.
Afghanistanism/afˈɡanɪstənɪz(ə)m/ /afˌɡanɪˈstɑːnɪz(ə)m/ /afˌɡanɪˈstanɪz(ə)m/
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