Press Release: 2021-02-22

Chairman Lynch to Hold National Security Hearing with Afghanistan Study Group

Washington D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, will hold a hearing to examine the final report released by the U.S. Institute of Peace Afghanistan Study Group (ASG), which Congress established in December 2019 to “consider the implications of a peace settlement, or the failure to reach a settlement, on U.S. policy, resources, and commitments in Afghanistan.”

The report argues that U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is at a critical juncture.  On one hand, a complete U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan by May 2021, as envisioned by the February 2020 U.S.-Taliban agreement, would likely have dangerous consequences for U.S. national security and the future stability of Afghanistan.  On the other hand, the Taliban have signaled they will withdraw from the peace process if U.S. troops remain beyond May 2021.

The hearing will examine these, and other policy considerations for the Biden Administration, including the United States’ strategic interest in protecting the democratic gains the Afghan people, especially women and girls, have made since 2001.

 

WHAT:  

 

Subcommittee on National Security Hearing “A Pathway for Peace in Afghanistan: Examining the Findings and Recommendations of the Afghanistan Study Group”

WHEN:

Friday, February 19, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.

WHO:    

 

The Honorable Kelly A. Ayotte
Co-Chair
Afghanistan Study Group
U.S. Institute of Peace

General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. (Ret)
Co-Chair
Afghanistan Study Group
U.S. Institute of Peace

The Honorable Nancy Lindborg
Co-Chair
Afghanistan Study Group
U.S. Institute of Peace

WATCH:

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.