After nearly two decades in Afghanistan, the withdrawal of U.S. troops began in earnest over the weekend, giving way to scenes of a half-abandoned airbase and frustrated Afghan forces still fighting the Taliban just beyond its walls. Now that the pullout has officially begun, FPRI has assembled a panel to examine the impact of the troop withdrawal on Afghanistan and the surrounding region. From military and counterterrorism operations to international aid and economic assistance, the U.S. has had a major role in the country. What effect will the withdrawal of troops have on these efforts within Afghanistan? How will the Taliban react to the troop pullout? To what extent has the international community’s development work been effective at building an Afghanistan that can succeed after the departure of international troops? To answer these questions and more, FPRI’s John Nagl will be joined by ODI’s Ashley Jackson, CNA’s Carter Malkasian, and Blumont Inc.’s Jonathan Nash to discuss what the U.S. troop withdrawal means for Afghanistan, as well as its impact on the surrounding region and other efforts around the world.
Ashley Jackson - Dr. Ashley Jackson is a researcher and author, focused on conflict and armed groups.