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How 9/11 Changed American Life

September 10, 2021
The panel continues the conversation, reflecting on the 20 year anniversary of 9/11. The panel also discussed how the attacks shifted American life, politics, and the impact the event had on Muslim Americans.

The 20-Year Anniversary Of September 11

September 10, 2021
In a special edition of Washington Week, the panel takes an in-depth look at the 20 years since 9/11, featuring journalists who covered the attacks and their aftermath. The panel also discussed the legacy of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the increased targeting of Muslim Americans and people of color, and what comes next as the country grapples with increased threats of domestic terrorism.
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Inside Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan: Warnings, Doubts but Little Change

September 9, 2021
Vivian Salama, Michael R. Gordon , Gordon Lubold, Jessica Donati | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. strategy put Defense and State departments on divergent paths: The troops pulled out but the diplomats stayed—and were left exposed when the Taliban took over
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Biden Plays the Long Game as He Justifies the End of the ‘Forever War’

September 9, 2021
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The forever war is over, but the forever debate may be only beginning. As he presided over the end of a lost 20-year mission in Afghanistan, President Biden on Tuesday touched off a prolonged argument for history over his decision to get out, how he handled it and what it means for the future of America.

America’s Longest War Ends

September 3, 2021
The U.S. has fully completed its withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war. The panel discussed the criticism President Biden is facing from Republicans and Democrats as he continues to defend his decision, plus a look into the battle over abortion rights, and the deadly impacts of climate change in the U.S.
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Uncertain future for Afghanistan under Taliban rule

September 2, 2021
Courtney Kube | MSNBC
What comes next for the country under Taliban rule, and what U.S. policy looks like going forward after the withdrawal?
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As Biden ends mission in Afghanistan, a refugee backlash looms at home

September 2, 2021
Anita Kumar | Politico
President Joe Biden has faced a torrent of criticism for abandoning Afghan partners as their country fell to the Taliban. Now, there is also a looming political controversy over the thousands of Afghans Biden will end up resettling over here.
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Did 9/11 permanently change life in the US? More Americans say so than ever before

September 2, 2021
Susan Page, Sarah Elbeshbishi | USA Today
The sense among Americans that the Sept. 11 attacks permanently changed life in the USA has grown, not faded – as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches and a new peril threatens the nation.

Attack on Kabul Airport: What’s Next?

August 27, 2021
Days after President Biden warned of potential terror threats, explosions outside of Kabul’s airport in Afghanistan killed over 100 people, including U.S. service members. The panel also discussed President Biden’s challenges as evacuations of Americans and Afghan allies continue, and what comes next for the country.
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