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Losing the Longest War: Afghanistan, 2001-21

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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Afghanistan was America’s longest war, stretching over nearly 20 years from 2001 to 2020. It started with the white hot fury of 9/11, continued through the death of Osama Bin Laden, and went on as America mostly forgot why it was there. The war ended badly, with a hurried evacuation as the structures the US had worked to build crumbled almost immediately. This webinar will look at the history of the war in Afghanistan and the larger history of a kind of war the United States finds particularly challenging, analyzing what went wrong in the Afghan war and why future wars of the type are likely to have similar endings.

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Kenny Berkowitz

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David Silbey

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CAU, Cornell in Washington

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