Middle East, Power & Security, United States Watch Now: Afghanistan's Future: The U.S. Withdrawal and the Taliban

September 15, 2021
By Perry World House

Last year, then-President Donald Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden completed the withdrawal, ending America's longest war just weeks before the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

The future of Afghanistan is unclear. Will the Taliban preserve any of the advances in civil liberties and women’s rights made under the democratic government? Will the Afghan people resist the Taliban and fight for democracy independently of a U.S. occupation? What does the end of the war mean for American foreign policy?

Perry World House hosted Wazhmah Osman, Assistant Professor in Media Studies and Production, Temple University; Meg Guliford, Penn Vice-Provost Postdoctoral Fellow; and John Gans, Director of Communications and Research at Perry World House, to discuss these questions and more in a conversation moderated by Trudy Rubin.

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