Inside Story

Will Joe Biden pay a political price for Afghanistan?

Uncertainty and fear grips parts of Afghanistan as Taliban returns to power after 20 years.

US president Joe Biden has defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan even though, within weeks, the Taliban swept across the country and took power.

Politicians in the United States and allies in Europe are criticising Biden for the manner in which the troops were pulled out.

Those who worked for foreign forces in Afghanistan are not sure what lies ahead for them.

The stunning turn of events is being seen as the biggest challenge so far for the Biden presidency.

What will be the fallout of Biden’s decision and how will it affect relations with Europe?

Presenter: Hazem Sika


Jenna Ben Yehuda – President and CEO of the Truman National Security Project

David DesRoches – Former NATO operations director in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense

Jack Kingston – A former Republican congressman