Examining the Withdrawal from Afghanistan and Its Effects


Juliane L. Oviedo (Editor)

Series: American Political, Economic and Security Issues
BISAC: POL059000

On August 15, 2021, the Taliban entered the Afghan capital of Kabul, completing a rapid takeover over the country with a speed that surprised many Afghans and Americans alike. The Taliban’s advance came as the United States was completing the military withdrawal. The U.S. military and diplomatic withdrawal and evacuation operation concluded on August 30, 2021, with the departure of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. The fall of the elected Afghan government, which had been supported by billions of dollars in U.S. assistance over the course of nearly two decades, raises significant questions about past, present, and future U.S. policy.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Examining the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Committee on Foreign Relations

Chapter 2. U.S. Military Withdrawal and Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Frequently Asked Questions
Clayton Thomas

Chapter 3. Afghan Aerial Evacuation in Context
John R. Hoehn and Jeremiah Gertler

Chapter 4. Taliban Establish Control Over Afghanistan Amid Government Collapse and U.S. Withdrawal
Clayton Thomas

Chapter 5. The Afghanistan Withdrawal: Military and Defense Implications
Kathleen J. McInnis and Andrew Feickert

Chapter 6. The Collapse of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces: Implications for U.S. Security Assistance and Cooperation
Christina L. Arabia

Chapter 7. Afghanistan Evacuation: The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) and the Defense Production Act (DPA)
Michael H. Cecire and Heidi M. Peters


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