Khalilzad Goes to Washington

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation spoke earlier this week to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the country’s future, after the departure of U.S and coalition troops.

Quincy Institute’s Adam Weinstein says Khalilzad acknowledged there was no military solution to the war in Afghanistan, which also demonstrates the limits to U.S. military influence to affect long-term and positive change on the ground.

While President Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. is the right choice, it also reflects a test of U.S. leadership, whether Washington care about diplomacy once the troops are gone?

Does the U.S. care about development and using diplomatic leverage to advance human rights and conditions on the ground after troops leave the country?