The Modern War Institute at West Point and the New Lines Institute hosted a multidisciplinary panel discussing the political and military challenges associated with conflict termination and withdrawal. No military strategy is complete without a plan for winning the peace. As recent American operations have shown, this can be one of the most difficult aspects of war with permanent occupation often untenable while early departure risks destabilization or creates a power vacuum. Topics of discussion included the status of armed groups and latent conflict in the Sahel, the termination of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, international intervention and conflict termination in Syria, and Russian withdrawal in the Ukraine War. Panelist remarks were then followed with a period of question and answer with the audience.

Watch the War Council in full below.

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