Two weeks after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, the country remains in a state of suspense. With little information about the shape of a new government.
WHEN THE evacuation of Saigon began in March 1975, fixed-wing flights were quickly abandoned. Keeping runways open under artillery fire was too difficult.
This By-invitation commentary is part of a series by global thinkers on the future of American power—examining the forces shaping the country’s global standing, from the rise of China to the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
My first mission as a paramilitary officer with the CIA was against a top-ten al Qaeda target. It was the autumn of 2009, and I had been deployed in my new job for a total of two days.
In the 20 years since the 9/11 attack, U.S. counterterrorism policy has achieved some striking successes and suffered some horrific failures.
WHEN LEADERS of the G7, a club of rich countries, met in Cornwall, in south-west England, in June, Afghanistan was an afterthought, meriting three sentences in a 25-page document.
ONCE AMERICA announced that it would not save its client state, things unravelled quickly. As the enemy seized province after province, government soldiers shed their uniforms and ran.
The stunning Taliban victory in Afghanistan has unleashed a wave of anger at U.S. President Joe Biden.
This By-invitation commentary is the first in a series by outside contributors on the future of American power—taking a broad look at the forces shaping the country’s global standing in the 20 years since 9/11