Changing policies in a time of conflict

Shortly after the Taliban took over Kabul, our founder Nader Mousavizadeh sat down with Stephen E. Biegun, former MAP senior advisor, to discuss what this moment meant for US foreign policy, its allies and adversaries, and the domestic political agenda.

Stephen Biegun sheds light on what the US’s sudden and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan heralds for global geopolitics. Signalling a shift in strategic priorities towards the Indo-Pacific region, and specifically the challenge of China, Stephen outlines what this change in focus means for its allies.

He discusses the withdrawal within the context of an evolution in foreign policy towards an America that is less interventionist and increasingly focused on its own interests, and what this means in terms of its role in the world.

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