INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & SECURITY
U.S. involvement in Afghanistan was complex—withdrawal is too
With President Joe Biden’s announcement that the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan will end by Sept. 11, 2021—exactly two decades after the terrorist attacks that prompted the intervention—Harvard Kennedy School scholars and researchers are weighing in on the potential fallout and consequences. In the
, Professor Meghan O’Sullivan, offers an
to Biden’s decision, arguing that the costs of staying in Afghanistan are preferable to the risks of leaving. And in a piece published by the Belfer Center titled “
An Inflection Point for U.S.-led Forces in Afghanistan
,” Graham Allison, Josh Altman, Vincent K. Brooks, Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Rami Khouri, Stephen M. Walt, and Lauren Zabierek explore what the future might hold for both Afghanistan and the United States as the two countries separate militarily.