Matrix Podcast
Matrix Podcast
Sep 12, 2021
Matrix on Point: Leaving Afghanistan
Play • 1 hr 28 min

On August 31, 2021, the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year war against the Taliban that began following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Recorded on September 7, 2021, this "Matrix on Point" panel discussion featured a panel of scholars discussing the geopolitical and humanitarian consequences of the withdrawal. The panel featured Omar Sharifi, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Humanities, American University of Afghanistan, and Country Director of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies; Robert Crews, Professor of History, Stanford University; Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Associate Professor in the Global Policy Area of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs; and Georgi Derluguian, Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, NYU Abu Dhabi. Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of History and the Goldman School of Public Policy, moderated the panel.

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's Social Science Matrix ( and the Institute of International Studies (, this panel was presented as part of the Matrix on Point Event Series, a discussion series promoting focused, cross-disciplinary conversations on today’s most pressing issues. Offering opportunities for scholarly exchange and interaction, each Matrix On Point features the perspectives of leading scholars and specialists from different disciplines, followed by an open conversation. Learn more at

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