The Forever War in Afghanistan

The ongoing U.S. military presence in Afghanistan has become a sore point in American international and domestic affairs. At home, it was a major political promise for Donald Trump to pull the U.S. out of what have been called its “forever wars” in the Middle East. Four years, several peace talks, and large troop removals later, the U.S. has the lowest number of troops in Afghanistan it’s had in 20 years, but has still not completely pulled out of the country. To stay is now a major question facing the Biden Administration. Joining us to discuss the forever war and the unique role of the media in this conflict is Jessica Donati. 

Jessica Donati covers foreign affairs and the State Department for the Wall Street Journal in Washington. She joined The Wall Street Journal as the bureau chief in Afghanistan in 2015. She previously worked for Reuters in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She was part of the team that reported on the war in Libya, working on a series chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2012. She recently published her book “Eagle Down” about the US special operations forces fighting in Afghanistan. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Hopkins podcast on foreign affairs.


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