Is Afghanistan the graveyard of empires? And in this case of the United States? On this page we discuss key topics in a series of interviews with Americans who know Afghanistan up close and personal. We examine the US in Afghanistan then and now and ask what the legacy is for us and for them.
Recently, Afghanistan has seen increasingly bold attacks against U.S. and NATO forces. Afghanistan is a complex territory with a rich tapestry of history, faith, and identity that makes navigating the country nothing short of a geopolitical minefield. Previous attempts to “tame” Afghanistan have failed, and President Trump is now considering America’s own exit strategy. Will America join the roster of failed empires that couldn’t bring Afghanistan to heel?