North Central College in the News

North Central College dean analyzed breaking news on WGN-TV

Aug 27, 2021

Stephen Maynard Caliendo interviewed regarding the latest developments in Afghanistan

As the capital of Kabul, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, American and Western forces mobilized to evacuate their citizens and Afghan allies. More than 95,700 people have been airlifted out since August 14. However, as many as 1,000 Americans are still in the country, and thousands of people are crowding at the airport, waiting to be evacuated.

With the deadline for U.S.’s withdrawal looming, intel officers warned of imminent terror threats and the U.S. government told American citizens to avoid the airport. On August 26, explosions killed more than 100 people outside the Kabul airport. Officials say 13 U.S. service members and at least 90 Afghan citizens were among the dead, leaving over 140 other people injured.

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with WGN-TV to discuss the latest developments in Kabul.

“It’s terrible and so saddening, but it’s also not surprising,” said Caliendo. “It’s going to be a balancing act on the Biden administration’s part to decide how they’re going to move forward, how quickly they’re going to pull everyone out of there, and of course, what comes with those who get left behind.”

Click here to watch the full interview on WGN-TV.