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Afghanistan – Is The End Near For America's Longest War?

The U.S. has been in negotiations with the Taliban to end the longest military engagement in our nation’s history. On this 18th anniversary of 9/11, our panel looks back at the origins of the war, why it has slogged on for so long, and what may be next for Afghanistan, the U.S., and the world.

Guests:  Barbara Elias Klenner, Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College; former director of the Afghanistan/Pakistan/Taliban project at the National Security Archive at George Washington University

Aaron David Miller, Middle East expert, CNN analyst, Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center, author, commentator.

Larry Pope, former Ambassador to Chad and Charge d’Affaires in Tripoli, Libya; he continues to consult with various institutions and is a respected Arabist.

Call-in:  James Kitfield,

senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He was senior national security and foreign affairs correspondent for National Journal magazine. He's written on defense, national security, and foreign policy issues for over two decades, and reported from dozens of countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, including conflict zones in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He's the author of three books.


Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.