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Panel Discussion: “Ending the Longest War: America’s Wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan in Comparative Perspective” (virtual)
October 28, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 2021 the United States declared an end to its military operations in Afghanistan and announced the withdrawal of US troops. While many in the media have heralded this as the end of America’s “longest war,” many others would argue that America’s military engagement in Vietnam was just as long and just as fraught – both for those who fought and for the country in conflict. Additionally, as the Taliban quickly conquered the whole of Afghanistan in August 2021, observers from the US president down to veteran soldiers faced the echoes of Saigon in April 1975.
This panel brings together expert voices to discuss the end of the US war in Vietnam and the end of the US war in Afghanistan in comparative perspective, featuring Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi, Gregory A. Daddis, Ahmadullah Sediqi, and Jeff Jones.
The Carolina Asia Center is proud to co-sponsor this event with UNC’s Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. This online panel discussion is free and open to the public. Questions can be directed to Dr. Becky Butler, Southeast Asia Administrator at the Carolina Asia Center.