The End of the Afghanistan War: Its Impact on NATO and Great Power Rivalries

Jonathan Paquin, Brigadier-General Richard Giguère (ret.)

The American withdrawal from Afghanistan raises many questions, both in the United States and in other NATO countries. What impact has it had on the dynamics of cooperation within NATO? We know that the Biden administration’s unilateral withdrawal created tensions within the alliance. The UK and France, for instance, expressed their frustrations and concluded that they were too dependent on the United States for their own security. More broadly, what does the end of the Afghanistan war mean for NATO? Is this the end of its out-of-area operations? The American withdrawal also raises questions about great power rivalries. Do Beijing and Moscow see it as further proof that the United States is in decline? Now five months since the withdrawal, have China and Russia taken advantage of the American departure to increase their influence and make geostrategic gains in Central Asia? This conference organized by the Network for Strategic Analysis in partnership with the Institut militaire de Québec will address these key questions.

Hourly Schedule

Jan 21, 2022

9:30 am9:35 am
Opening remarks
9:35 am11:30 am
The withdrawal from Afghanistan and its impact on the competition between great powers
Moderator: Justin Massie (UQAM)
11:30 am12:30 pm
Keynote Speaker – Ben Rowswell
Canada in Afghanistan: A Political Assessment
12:30 pm1:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm3:30 pm
The impact of the end of the war in Afghanistan on NATO
Moderator: Richard Giguère
3:30 pm3:40 pm
Closing Remarks


Friday, January 21, 2022


Montréal (UTC-5)‎
09:30 - 15:40

Location Online Attendance Mode

Free Registration


Jonathan Paquin

Co-director | Great Powers

Brigadier-General Richard Giguère (ret.)

Advisory Board

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces / Le Ministère de la Défense nationale et les Forces armées canadiennes