FP Virtual Dialogue: How Afghanistan Will Impact America’s Role in the World

Will a failed peace process force America’s reckoning with endless wars?

The May 2021 deadline to decide whether to fully withdraw American troops out of Afghanistan, as agreed in the Doha peace deal, looms large as President Biden’s first major foreign policy challenge. Bearing profound impacts on the future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and beyond, the decision also could provide a historic opening to redefine America’s foreign policy in a changing world.

Experts on all sides of the debate agree that the Biden administration is faced with no good options. While few of the security gains that the deal hoped to achieve have materialized and violence continues to escalate, some argue that defining America’s future role in Afghanistan must be nestled within the larger questions of costs and consequences of U.S. military actions abroad. Evaluating these trade-offs in foreign policy, how should America reckon with the failing Afghan peace process? What options and risks must President Biden grapple with if his administration wants to redefine a new grand strategy for the region? 

Foreign Policy, in collaboration with the Charles Koch Institute, convened a thought-provoking virtual dialogue featuring U.S. foreign policy and global experts offering a variety of perspectives on what Afghanistan means for America’s future role in the world and how the Biden Administration is likely to address this challenge and what course it might set for the future of U.S. foreign policy and global leadership.

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Lisa Curtis

Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program, CNAS
Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She is a foreign policy and national security ...
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FP-Lisa Curtis

Michael Kugelman

Senior Associate for South Asia, Wilson Center, and Writer, Foreign Policy
Michael Kugelman writes Foreign Policy’s weekly South Asia Brief. He is the Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center in Washington...
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FP-Michael Kugleman

Laurel Miller

Director, Asia Program, International Crisis Group
As Director of International Crisis Group’s Asia Program, Laurel leads the organization’s research, analysis, and policy advocacy about and in the region. Prior t...
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FP-Laurel Miller

Will Ruger

Vice President for Research and Policy, Charles Koch Institute and Vice President, Foreign Policy, Stand Together
Dr. William Ruger is a foreign policy thought leader, Navy veteran, scholar, and former tenured professor with more than 20 years of experience in the education realm, including...
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FP-Will Ruger

Congressman Adam Smith

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
Now in his 13th term, Smith serves as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is a strong advocate for our military personnel and their families. Smith is a...
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FP-Adam Smith

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.