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Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

3 reasons Afghanistan withdrawal could ruin US influence in Southeast Asia and beyond

  • Biden’s decision to press ahead with the exit from Afghanistan was meant to free up US resources for full-spectrum competition with China
  • However, polarised domestic politics, doubts over US commitment and worries about terrorism emanating from Afghanistan could all backfire

Illustration: Craig Stephens Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is Asia-based academic, currently a Professorial Chairholder in Geopolitics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and author of, among others, “The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery”.