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Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews

Co-Sponsors: Marilyn Skony Stamm & Hope Tate

After Afghanistan, What Now?

About the Topic

Last April, during his State of the Union speech, President Biden declared that “. . . our greatest strength is the power of our example . . . . ” He vowed that “America is back” yet would not “go it alone.” Given 20 years and two trillion dollars in the failed Afghanistan mission, what now constitutes that power? How might it be deployed? And what do Americans think about U.S. involvement abroad?

About the Speaker

A distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews served as its president for 18 years. In 1993, she was deputy to the undersecretary of state for global affairs and, from 1977 to 1979, worked at the NSC covering nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales, and human rights. Among her publications, Mathews has contributed to Foreign Affairs, The New York Review of Books, and The Washington Post.