Hrum now, welcome to Wellinghall University in Fangorn Forest. Professor Fangorn is my name according to some, Treebeard others make it. Treebeard will do. Professor of Ent-ernational Studies I am, indeed.
What is Ent-ernational Studies, you ask? Hoo now! Not so hasty. You are in my class, and I am doing the talking.
If you place a degree in Ent-ernational Studies, you will study theories. Let me see! There is “liberalism,” “realism,” and “constructivism.” Hard “ism” words – very odd indeed! You need not trouble about that. I can give you a simple definition. Ent-ernational Studies is about relationships between countrees. Does this countree want to fight that countree or are they right and proper?
Let’s start with any two countrees. United States and Afghanistan, you say? Come now! Not so hasty! You’ll be here for hours if you’re not careful what you choose. There is quite a lot that has gone on but talk of just the security support will do.
After the 9/11 – did you say what you call it? Pounce? Ambush? Attack. Yes, that was it. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the United States military has been involved with Afghanistan things to attack the Taliban. The war has cost the United States approximately two trillion dollars and gone on for more than eighteen years, killing more than one hundred and fifty-seven thousand people. I do not understand all that goes on myself but the Department of State can explain it to you in their U.S. Relations With Afghanistan Bilateral Relations Fact Sheet. It says, “As of January 15, 2021, the United States has approximately 2,500 troops in Afghanistan engaged in two missions: 1) a bilateral counterterrorism mission in cooperation with Afghan forces; and 2) participation in RSM,” which is the NATO Resolute Support Mission to help the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces–nice names. We train and we teach; we walk and we weed.
There is also recent news. I like news. But not too quick now. There was a U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal signed in early 2020. The Council on Foreign Relations explains, “The agreement addresses four issues: reducing violence, withdrawing foreign troops, starting intra-Afghan negotiations, and guaranteeing Afghanistan won’t again become a refuge for terrorists.”
I do not doubt there are still some very black patches we need to lift up like the continued Taliban violence. Aye, aye, the weak Afghan government also needs to be steadier, keeping their control on things longer.
Hm, tired? No, I am not tired of talking about Afghanistan. I do not easily get tired. Never mind. Let us leave it, and go… to Japan, away to East Asia.
There is a U.S.-Japan Security Treaty that keeps the relationship green and growing for a long, long while. 2020 marked the sixtieth anniversary when that treaty was signed. The U.S. has deployed troops to bases in mainland Japan and Okinawa to keep off strangers and the foolhardy in Asia. The U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement allows for cooperation on digital trade, encryption technologies, and cybersecurity challenges. Hrum, Hoom, sounds like New Entish.
There is also the U.S.-Japan Trade and U.S.-Japan Science and Technology Agreement. As you can see, we do lots of things together, root and branch! I hope these broad days continue!
Well, well, we can talk again later. You are thirsty, I expect. Perhaps you are also tired. Take this Certificate. You little nuts and acorns can continue on with your other classes now. I am going to stand in the rain. Goodbye until the next Entmoot!
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“U.S. Relations With Afghanistan – United States Department of State.” U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of State, 19 Jan. 2021, www.state.gov/u-s-relations-with-afghanistan/.
“U.S. Relations With Japan – United States Department of State.” U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of State, 19 Jan. 2021, www.state.gov/u-s-relations-with-japan/.
“U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal: What to Know.” Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations, www.cfr.org/backgrounder/us-taliban-peace-deal-agreement-afghanistan-war.