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Connor Paul

The Cost of Leaving: The Afghan Human Rights Dilemma

While there are numerous ways to evaluate the defensibility of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the detrimental effect it could have on human rights is tragically neglected. A full withdrawal before the May 1 deadline risks imperiling the significant gains made by vulnerable demographics and increasing the risk of indiscriminate violence. As the Biden administration seeks to restore US global leadership by promoting democratic values, a hasty departure does nothing to advance this goal. It is imperative that the United States maintains its current troop levels in Afghanistan until a peace accord between the Taliban and the current Afghan government is finalized.

The Cost of Leaving: The Afghan Human Rights Dilemma

While there are numerous ways to evaluate the defensibility of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the detrimental effect it could have on human rights is tragically neglected. A full withdrawal before the May 1 deadline risks imperiling the significant gains made by vulnerable demographics and increasing the risk of indiscriminate violence. As the Biden administration seeks to restore US global leadership by promoting democratic values, a hasty departure does nothing to advance this goal. It is imperative that the United States maintains its current troop levels in Afghanistan until a peace accord between the Taliban and the current Afghan government is finalized.