In this fresh look at Afghanistan, former US Marine Corps General John Allen and five experts from the Brookings Institution analyze the situation there. In a June 2017 roundtable discussion, the experts hew to the conventional wisdom: that the US invasion of Afghanistan was justified and that US involvement has borne fruit. They also acknowledge that US president Donald Trump has ushered in a new era of foreign policy and that any further investment of American lives is a tough sell.
In this summary, you will learn
- How US involvement has improved life in Afghanistan since 2001 and
- Why daunting challenges remain.
About the Authors
John R. Allen is a retired US Marine Corps general and former commander in Afghanistan. Vanda Felbab-Brown, Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel are senior fellows at Brookings. Tanvi Madan is a fellow at Brookings and director of The India Project. Bruce Jones is foreign policy vice president and director at Brookings.