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How Long Should We Have Stayed in Afghanistan?


Published December 9, 2021

McMaster answers frequently asked questions about the war in Afghanistan. How long should we have stayed in Afghanistan? Why isn’t there an international coalition to fight the Taliban?

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does the situation in Afghanistan compare to America’s involvement in other wars?
  2. How has the United States perceived its adversaries’ interests, goals, intentions, and capabilities?

Additional Resources:

  • Watch H. R. McMaster’s video series Battlegrounds: International Perspectives on Crucial Challenges to Security and Prosperity. Available here.
  • Watch H. R. McMaster’s video series The Fight to Defend the Free World. Available here.
  • Watch “Deterrence by Denial: The Taiwanese Example,” with H. R. McMaster. Available here.