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Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available for comment on Afghanistan crisis

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has several experts, including former Defense and State Department officials, who are available to discuss various aspects of the crisis in Afghanistan, ranging from the U.S. withdrawal and Taliban forces seizing control of the country to the response by neighboring nations in Asia. The following experts are available to comment on the situation unfolding in Afghanistan:

  • David Barno, Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies and retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005, can discuss how U.S. allies and rivals will view the withdrawal.
  • Kent Calder, interim Dean and former special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, can address why Asian embassies in Afghanistan chose not to evacuate the country.
  • Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor and former counselor at the State Department during the Bush administration, can provide commentary on President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan policy.
  • Daniel Markey, Master of Arts in Global Policy Director who held the South Asia portfolio as a member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the State Department from 2003 to 2007, can discuss how the Taliban seizing control of the country may impact China.
  • John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and former acting director of the CIA, can address if U.S. withdrawal lead to a resurgence of terrorism in Afghanistan.
  • Vali Nasr, Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies and former senior advisor to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2009 to 2011, can examine the perception of the U.S. in South Asia.
  • Craig Osborne, former Chief of Staff at Johns Hopkins SAIS and retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, can provide the perspective of someone who was deployed on combat missions to Afghanistan several times, including in Kabul.
  • Joshua White, Associate Professor of the Practice of South Asia Studies who served at the White House as senior advisor and director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, can discuss regional security.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021