Professors in the Pub: Afghanistan

Cafe Des Taxis

Each month, join us in the cafe to have a drink and discussion with professors and other experts about important events happening in the world. Share your questions and your views, and join the long tradition of politics in the pub. (All participants must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.)

This month: Afghanistan

On September 11, 2001, the US was attacked by terrorists based in Afghanistan. Over the next few weeks, the US would launch a war that would oust the Taliban, disrupt al Qaeda, install a fledgling democratic regime, arm and train a national Afghan force, and kill Osama bin Laden. In February of 2020, the US agreed with the Taliban to leave Afghanistan. On August 31, 2021, after weeks of the coalition airlifting civilians and allies out, the last US soldier left Afghanistan, and the Taliban formally returned to power with what looks like a civil war in the offing.

What does the two decades of war mean for the various participants? What happens now to Afghanistan and the Afghanis? What does this outcome mean for the role of US-centric alliances around the world as new regional and global powers emerge? Come discuss these questions and ask your own.