The Gettysburg Journal for Public Policy


The United States signed a peace deal with the Taliban on February 29th, 2020 that would result in the complete withdrawal of US forces from the country at the end of a fourteenth month period, assuming the Taliban holds up their end of the deal. This would mark the end of one of the longest wars in United States history, lasting nearly two decades. The purpose of this paper is twofold, to determine if there is a presence of bias or misinformation by five major public policy think tanks in the United States and to examine the United States – Taliban peace deal through the analysis of content from the same five public policy think tanks. Those think tanks are the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Heritage Foundation, and the Wilson Center. The findings of this paper show that these public policy think tanks are in relative unity in their opinion and recommendations regarding the peace deal, showing that across ideological lines this peace deal is rushed and unsatisfactory in its current state, and should either be renegotiated or torn up. This unity in both opinion and recommendation also shows that these think tanks are fulfilling their duty to both the public and policymakers by informing them on what is best to help move the United States forward, regardless of ideological pressure or economic benefits to the contrary.

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