Afghanistan's Humanitarian Crisis Requires Tough Choices
About the Episode
Afghanistan is in on the brink of the worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory: the economy is in a tailspin, famine is looming, food prices are skyrocketing, formal sector jobs have disappeared, and cash is scarce. The International Crisis Group’s Laurel Miller and former US Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley join Deep Dish to explain what led us here after the abrupt US exit five months ago and why it’s not too late for solutions.
- Afghanistan Is in Meltdown, and the U.S. Is Helping to Speed It Up, Laurel Miller, New York Times
- Afghanistan’s Looming Catastrophe--Why the United States and Its Allies Must Act Now to Prevent a Humanitarian Disaster, P. Michael McKinley, Foreign Affairs
The Council's Elizabeth Shackelford and Virginia Tech's Amanda Demmer explain how lessons from US military evacuations in South Sudan and Vietnam resonate with the current chaos in Afghanistan.
Council President Ivo Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, shares his perspective.
What role should the United States play in the Middle East after leaving Afghanistan?
Polling conducted in July for the 2021 Chicago Council Survey found seven out of ten Americans supported the withdrawal of US combat forces from Afghanistan by September 11.