Presented by Roby Barrett, Ph.D., Middle East Institute, Washington, DC
2:00 p.m., October 12, 2021 at the NDSU Memorial Union, Anishinaabe Theater
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Meeting ID: 977 4405 6659
Abstract: This presentation places Afghanistan and the “Endless War” in a broader more strategic framework. For 20 years, the events of 9/11 mesmerized U.S. foreign policy and drove a failed effort to transform Afghanistan into a “sovereign” state – something that it never was and never could be. The understandable obsession with “The Global War on Terror” obscured broader strategic interests and undermined other more important priorities as U.S. poured untold treasure and thousands of lives into the failed efforts to “stabilize”, “democratize”, and “liberalize” Afghanistan and Iraq as well. This is an effort to think about the future by understanding a present that is informed by the past – past as present, present as future – and answer critical questions about the strategic interests of the United States.
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