Time will tell if America’s abrupt abandonment of Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of US commitment – in what appears to be more a retreat than withdrawal – will be a defining moment in Joe Biden’s presidency.
But while analysts and commentators contend the move will severely weaken American prestige in the short term, there’s good reason to believe it will do little to dent Washington’s long-term goals and relations in regions more core to America’s strategic interests, not least in Southeast Asia, a key theater in its rising rivalry with China.
America’s Afghan withdrawal is unlikely to have dented its reputation too much in Southeast Asia, said Le Hong Hiep, of Singapore’s ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute research center in Singapore. “Southeast Asia may eventually benefit from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan,” he added.
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