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Biden Announces U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

April 15, 2021

Episode Notes:

President Joe Biden announced that the United States will withdraw all of its forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11. After two decades of fighting, America’s involvement in the Afghanistan War will be coming to an end.

However, what does this development mean for Afghanistan itself, and America’s counter-terrorism posture in South Asia going forward?

Asfandyar Mir — a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford — joins the Warcast to discuss Biden’s announcement and what comes next for Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal.

[ 00:54 ] What are your key takeaways from the announcement that the United States will withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, and what are the implications for Afghanistan?

[ 03:16 ] The United States initially intervened in Afghanistan to retaliate against al Qaeda for the 9/11 attacks … where is al Qaeda now, both geographically and in terms of the strength of its organization and capabilities?

[ 06:20 ] In your view, what will America’s counter-terrorism posture in South and Central Asia look like after it withdraws from Afghanistan?

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