FP Virtual Dialogue: The American War in Afghanistan

A conversation with the 2022 Lionel Gelber Book Prize Winner

While the world’s focus is pivoting away from the war and withdrawal in Afghanistan, the Taliban is further cracking down on the media, increasing restrictions on women, and expanding detainments on minority groups. What lessons can be learned from America’s war in Afghanistan as global leaders work to bolster democracy and fight extremism in that country and around the world?

In his 2022 Lionel Gelber Prize–winning book The American War in Afghanistan: A History, noted historian and former adviser to American military commanders in Afghanistan, Carter Malkasian, offers an extraordinary view into the dynamics that led to America’s withdrawal and the Taliban’s return to power. Malkasian’s account draws on primary sources and takes the reader through the complicated political, military, and socio-cultural forces that shaped America’s longest war.

Foreign Policy, in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, hosted a virtual conversation with the 2022 Lionel Gelber Prize winner Carter Malkasian to explore the cultural context of the war, the missteps that led to defeat, and lessons that can inform international engagement going forward.



Event Details

The livestream will begin at 10:00 am ET


Carter Malkasian

Author, The American War in Afghanistan: A History
Carter Malkasian was the Special Assistant for Strategy to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford from 2015 to 2019. He has extensive experience working in Afghan...

Janine di Giovanni

Senior Fellow, Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Event Moderator
Janine di Giovanni is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She is currently directing a project sponsored by the State Department documen...
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Janice Stein

Janice Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public ...
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FP-Janice Stein

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