The Next Step for Afghanistan

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Northern Alliance troops have moved into Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after Taliban troops withdrew early Tuesday morning. The Alliance immediately called for the United Nations to send envoys to begin setting up an interim government for Afghanistan. The dramatic retreat of the Taliban has raised hopes that the campaign in Afghanistan may be shorter than originally anticipated. For weeks, there has been negative speculation that we might be entering a quagmire; that the harsh winter would entrench the Taliban; that bombing during Ramadan would shake the U.S.-led alliance. But today's news raises the possibility that everything is going according to plan. This hour, we look at the best-case scenario in Afghanistan.


MacKubin Thomas Owens, Professor of strategy and force planning at the Naval War College;
Anwar Ahady, Professor of Political Science at Providence College

This program aired on November 13, 2001.


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