Capitol Hill Briefing

The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

September 25, 2009 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

B-369 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring Malou Innocent, Foreign Policy Analyst, Cato Institute, and co‐​author of “Escaping the ‘Graveyard of Empires’: A Strategy to Exit Afghanistan”; and Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute, and co‐​author of “Escaping the ‘Graveyard of Empires’: A Strategy to Exit Afghanistan.”

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Nearly eight years after the fall of the Taliban regime, Afghanistan struggles under the most brutal circumstances: corrupt and ineffective state institutions, thousands of miles of unguarded borders pervasive illiteracy and poverty, and a dysfunctional international alliance attempting to provide security for the country. Can “nation building” in the midst of a bloody insurgency succeed? What constitutes “success,” and what price should we be willing to pay for it? Does the United States have a compelling strategic rationale for remaining in Afghanistan?