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We're Leaving Afghanistan. Now What?

Just a few weeks after announcing the exit, the United States is already making progress withdrawing troops and resources from the site of America's longest war.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the United States' decision to leave Afghanistan by September 11 a “moment of both opportunity and risk” this week. The University of Texas at Austin’s Aaron O’Connell and the International Crisis Group’s Andrew Watkins join guest host Elizabeth Shackelford on Deep Dish to examine whether the United States can withdraw without undermining regional stability.  

About the Experts
Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin Department of History
Aaron O'Connell
Aaron O’Connell is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and the Director of Research at the Clements Center for National Security. A career Marine officer with 26 years in uniform, Aaron previously served as Director of Defense Policy & Strategy on the National Security Council staff. He served in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 and edited a collection of essays on the war called "Our Latest Longest War; Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan."
Aaron O'Connell
Senior Analyst, Afghanistan, International Crisis Group
Andrew Watkins
Andrew Watkins is a senior analyst on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group. Before joining ICG, Andrew worked in Afghanistan as a political affairs officer for the UN Assistance Mission there, advised humanitarians on conflict and access, and served as a liaison with Afghan security forces.
Andrew Watkins
Senior Fellow, US Foreign Policy
Council staff Elizabeth Shackelford
Elizabeth Shackelford, former career US diplomat, joined the Council in January 2021. Her work focuses on building awareness and understanding of a "restraint" approach to foreign policy, which seeks to limit the use of military force to the defense of core US national security interests and favors robust diplomatic engagement.
Council staff Elizabeth Shackelford

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