According to Ambassador Storella, the large influx of refugees from Afghanistan reveals strains in the U.S. refugee resettlement system and critical weaknesses in U.S. asylum policy and infrastructure.
“I’ve argued for a very long time that it isn’t even a relationship…The U.S. doesn’t trust Pakistan, and there is no one in Pakistan who trusts the U.S. But there is a sense that they need each other.”
Ambassador Storella’s lecture explored the multiple factors shaping America’s place in the world and how that role might evolve and adapt to 21st-century realities.
Lt. Gen. Weinstein (Ret.) discussed the continuous presence of United States forces in the Middle East since Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the need for all Americans to understand its military, as well as the need for a new doctrine of military force to be applied before the U.S. gets into another conflict.
During this special Alumni Weekend edition of Beyond the Headlines, our panel of experts discuss how the 9/11 terrorist attacks changed the world, the motivations behind the global war on terror, and the lessons that can be learned from the longest war in United States history.
“Who wins and who loses with the U.S. withdrawal from the ‘graveyard of empires’? What will its effects be on China and on India?”
Professor Stern joined fellow experts to explore how the U.S. should deal with terrorism in the aftermath of its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and best deal with allies and adversaries abroad in order to secure its security interests.
Professors Najam, Schilde, Stern, Weinstein, and Wippl reflect on how the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States reshaped our lives over the last 20 years.
After sweeping across and taking over Afghanistan, Dean Najam says the Taliban are bound to face the same type of governance challenges that Afghan leaders over the past 40 years have faced.
With detailed data on millions of Afghans potentially in Taliban control, Professor Woodward commented that Pakistani, Chinese, Russian, and Iranian intelligence – all with their own agendas – would be interested to know who worked with the Americans.
Pardee School Professor emeritus Andrew Bacevich discusses the state of American security 20 years after 9/11 and President Biden’s decision to pull troops from Afghanistan.
“‘Extreme vetting’ produced extreme delays that put our allies’ lives at risk and contributed to the desperate scenes we are witnessing in Kabul today.”
According to Ambassador Garčević, the crisis in Afghanistan can be a wake-up call and an opportunity for both the US and the EU to reconsider their current strategies in other parts of the world, including the Balkans.
“You’re going to have to have a deadline. You’re going to have to stick to a deadline. And that deadline is going to get moved.”
“The fact that we haven’t seen the castigation of U.S. credibility in an overt, dramatic way is a more telling indicator.”
“Our friends and allies—and our competitors—will not be focused on how badly the United States damaged itself in Afghanistan. They will look for signals that the United States is now prepared to focus on its most important strategic interests and do so in a concerted and competent way.”
“Latin America has to focus on its economic crisis and not on ideological and geopolitical issues that only divide us.”
“The great withdrawal of the United States from Central Asia, and from the key passageway of Eurasia, will have vast repercussions.”
As dramatic as the events have been, Dean Najam says we should not consider the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul the end of the story; their true intent will be proven in their actions.
While the long-term political fallout for the Biden administration from the withdrawal of Afghanistan is unlikely to be significant, but the effects on the international system, and particularly in Central Asia, will be.