Elizabeth Shackelford on Afghanistan
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Twenty years after the war began, the United States' forces will officially leave Afghanistan on September 11, 2021. What's the argument to leave and why has it taken so long?
Ahead of the May 1 deadline for the United States to remove troops from Afghanistan, the Council’s Elizabeth Shackelford takes a minute to explain both sides of the argument for US presence in the country and why the “endless war” has lasted 20 years.
About the Expert
Senior Fellow, US Foreign Policy
Elizabeth Shackelford, a former career diplomat who served the US Mission to Somalia and the US Embassy in South Sudan, focuses on building awareness and understanding of a "restraint" approach to foreign policy, which seeks to limit the use of force to core US security interests and favors diplomatic engagement.
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