January 27, 2021

IntelBrief: Afghanistan: The Biden Administration Faces Tough Choices

U.S. soldiers, part of the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi, File)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • One of the most significant foreign policy challenges that the Biden-Harris administration will inherit is what to do about Afghanistan.
  • The United States has few good options in Afghanistan, and the best-case scenario for Washington seems increasingly unlikely to occur.
  • Voices within the U.S. national security community have been pushing for ‘responsible withdrawal,’ although it remains an ill-defined concept.
  • The Taliban is cognizant of the Biden team’s weak hand and could simply be waiting out the United States, as they have for two decades.