Anna Gawel and Eric Ham give a candid talk about what went wrong in Afghanistan, what, if any, the long-term repercussions will be, and why there are no easy answers when it comes to a country known as the graveyard of empires.
On Sept. 10, The Washington Diplomat spoke with Asad Majeed Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, about the legacy of 9/11, the US-Pakistan bilateral relationship and, of course, the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
As historic peace talks struggle to get underway between the Afghan government and the Taliban, one of Afghanistan’s top diplomats has paused to reflect on the still, peaceful and once-beautiful country to which he has dedicated his professional life.
From tiny Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country in size, to vast Canada, the world’s second-largest, foreign governments have more women representing them here than ever before. And for roughly the last three years, an informal club exists for these sisters-in-diplomacy: the Washington Women’s Power Group.
There is a long history of countries overthrowing other countries’ governments to get what they want. There is an equally long history of such efforts ending in abject failure. So why does the idea of forcible regime change continues to hold sway in U.S. foreign policy circles?