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In recent weeks, the pandemic – the global spread of a deadly virus that originated in China – has dominated the news media, and therefore most of the public’s attention.

Among the important stories that have been marginalized: the on-going conflict in Afghanistan, as well as America’s diplomatic attempts to end that conflict, or at least reduce America’s participation in it.

Discussing these and related issues with host Cliff May are Tom Joscelyn, FDD senior fellow, senior editor of FDD’s Long War Journal, and a regular contributor to The Dispatch; and Bradley Bowman, senior director of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power. Brad served more than 15 years as an active duty U.S. Army officer, including time as a company commander, Blackhawk pilot, congressional affairs officer in the Pentagon, and staff officer in Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban fighters and villagers attend a gathering to mark the peace deal signed between the U.S. and the Taliban in Laghman Province, Alingar district on March 2, 2020. (Getty Images)

Issues:

Afghanistan Al Qaeda COVID-19 Iran Iran Global Threat Network Islamic State Jihadism Military and Political Power Pakistan The Long War U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy