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Afghanistan: A Conversation with Ash Carter

| Oct. 07, 2021

Ash Carter discusses the Afghanistan pullout for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal

In his first public comments since U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan, former Secretary of Defense and Belfer Center Director Ash Carter joined Harvard Kennedy School Dean Doug Elmendorf for a wide-ranging discussion about Afghanistan during a JFK Jr. Forum event Wednesday, October 6. Their discussion ranged from national security and U.S. foreign policy over 20 years to the immense contributions and sacrifices made in Afghanistan and how best we can promote human rights going forward.

Watch event highlights below. The full event is available here »

"Terrorism isn't going away."

"I'd like to think it could have been done differently..."

On why the U.S. presence in Afghanistan was essential for hunting down Bin Laden.

On soft power and America's strengths.

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