Date of Submission

Spring 2023

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Professor Pinar Kemerli

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Social Studies of Bard College


The present research investigated the effects of the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 that led to a massive evacuation of thousands from the country and how Afghan Bard College students perceived these events. To gain insight into these questions, I interviewed eight Bard College Afghan students on what they think of the past twenty years of war, the US invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban and their relationship with al-Qaeda as well as the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the current and future situation in Afghanistan. The results of interviews showed that people of Afghanistan are disappointed and feel betrayed by the US’s decision to withdraw hastily from the country considering people of Afghanistan have been US allies in the fight against terrorism. The results also showed that the US isn’t seen as a superpower anymore due to its foreign policies toward Afghanistan and terrorism.

Key words: The U.S., Afghanistan, the Taliban, Evacuation, 9/11 attacks, Al-Qaeda, the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. foreign policy, superpower.

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