In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the US, NATO, and allied troops invaded Afghanistan to rout the Taliban which had provided sanctuary for Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for the terror attacks. Thirteen years later, the US is finally drawing down its troops in Afghanistan. How can we understand this intervention, recognizing that the Taliban appears to be resurgent and the recent election in Afghanistan remains contested?
Mark Mitchell is Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) currently assigned as the Senior Development Officer in Herat, Afghanistan where he is responsible for US development programming in agriculture, health, education, stabilization, economic development, and women’s empowerment.Sponsored by the Collaboration Project and the Department of Political Science. Part of the Changing Nature of War and Peace initiative.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies Program
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