The war in Afghanistan has become America’s longest war not because U.S. security interests necessitate it, nor because the battlefield realities are insurmountable, but because of inertia. In a new paper, Cato scholars John Glaser and John Mueller argue that a full political settlement built around a cease-fire and a withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan is within reach—but only if policymakers are willing to make significant concessions to the Taliban and to dispense with erroneous rationales for continuing the fight.
- “Overcoming Inertia: Why It’s Time to End the War in Afghanistan,” by John Glaser and John Mueller
- “The Case against Afghanistan Withdrawal Is Weak,” by John Glaser
- “Exiting Afghanistan,” Podcast featuring John Glaser