Afghanistan: U.S Policies, Legislation and Key Issues


James A. Benn (Editor)

Series: Politics and Economics of the Middle East

BISAC: POL040000

Afghanistan has been a significant U.S. foreign policy concern since 2001, when the United States, in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, led a military campaign against Al Qaeda and the Taliban government that harbored and supported it. In the intervening 18 years, the United States has suffered approximately 2,400 military fatalities in Afghanistan, with the cost of military operations reaching nearly $750 billion. Congress has appropriated approximately $133 billion for reconstruction. In that time, an elected Afghan government has replaced the Taliban, and most measures of human development have improved, although Afghanistan’s future prospects remain mixed in light of the country’s ongoing violent conflict and political contention.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy
(Clayton Thomas)

Chapter 2. Afghanistan: Issues for Congress and Legislation 2017-2020
(Clayton Thomas)

Chapter 3. Legislature and Legislative Elections in Afghanistan: An Analysis
(A. Farid Tookhy)

Chapter 4. Examining the Trump Administration’s Afghanistan Strategy
(House of Representatives)

Chapter 5. Examining the Trump Administration’s Afghanistan Strategy, Part 2
(House of Representatives)

Chapter 6. International Criminal Court: U.S. Sanctions in Response to Investigation of War Crimes in Afghanistan
(Matthew C. Weed and Dianne E. Rennack)


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