By fighting for twenty years in Afghanistan, even in a difficult cause with an uncertain path to anything resembling true victory, America has shown its resoluteness.
General John R. Allen addresses the humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding in Afghanistan and outlines four major issues that must be taken into consideration if the US is to play a meaningful role in Afghanistan’s future and in our broader national security interests going forward. He states, “Afghanistan is turning out to be, once again, ‘the graveyard of empires.’ Is it also the graveyard of the US administration’s foreign policy and international democratic agenda?”
Afghanistan stands on the knife’s edge and history may hold President Joe Biden and his administration personally responsible if the worst comes to pass.
It’s not often that a line-item foreign policy budget decision can be low-cost, high-impact, and send positive ripple effects throughout the international system.
The president is working to regain trust both at home and abroad.
John R. Allen and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of “Daughters of Kobani” join Christiane Amanpour to discuss the brave story of the all-female militia in the fight against ISIS, the US-Taliban negotiations, May 1 troop withdrawal, and future of women’s rights in the region.
Vernon Jordan, Trustee and longtime friend of Brookings, passed away on Monday, March 1 at the age of 85.
The Brookings Institution is saddened by the passing of our dear friend Arne Sorenson, who served as a Brookings Trustee since 2015 and as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee since 2018.
Brookings President, John R. Allen, reflects on polarization in the United States and calls for reconciliation to safeguard the nation
General John R. Allen, President of the Brookings Institution, and John Shaw, Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, discussed Allen’s military career, work at Brookings, and the foreign policy challenges facing the United States. This program is part of a virtual series of conversations sponsored by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute with policy experts, political analysts, and government and private sector leaders.
John Allen writes that Donald Trump’s actions on January 6 have led to an unavoidable national reckoning.
John R. Allen and David Dollar discuss U.S. foreign policy challenges for the year ahead and how the new administration can work with America’s allies to address them.
Though many are pressuring Biden to resolve the war in Afghanistan quickly once in office, John Allen and Michael O’Hanlon write that it needs to be done slowly and carefully.