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The Future of US Policy in Afghanistan: Human Rights, US Military Presence & Confronting the Taliban
January 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Join us on Monday, January 25th for a discussion on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, featuring a diverse panel of experts: Associate Asia Director of Human Rights Watch (BRUSSELS) Patricia Gossman; The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs Hosna Jalil; Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation Dr. Asfandyir Mir; Co-Director of Brookings’ Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology Michael O’Hanlon; and Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Governance and Markets at the University of Pittsburgh Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili (moderator). As of November 2020, U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan appears closer to an end, with U.S. troop levels decreasing in line with the February 29, 2020, U.S.-Taliban agreement on the issues of counterterrorism and the withdrawal of U.S. and international troops. This conversation will address U.S. efforts to withdrawal troops, build counterterrorism agreements, while also working to help maintain Afghanistan’s political and major human rights achievements secured over the past decade. The discussion will consider how these efforts can be achieved despite the outsized role U.S. assistance plays in supporting the Afghan government and amidst the backdrop of a strengthened Taliban military position within the region.