Center for American Progress

: Achieving U.S. Objectives in Afghanistan: Talking, Fighting, or Something in Between?
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Achieving U.S. Objectives in Afghanistan: Talking, Fighting, or Something in Between?

12:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

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As the second event in the Center for American Progress’s monthly series of discussions on issues related to the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, this event will have two related yet distinctive focuses. The first panel will focus on U.S. counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan. The second, co-sponsored with the Century Foundation, will explore the viability of a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan.


Panel 1—Examining Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

What has the impact been of the past 18 months of counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, and what implications does that assessment have for future American strategic priorities in Afghanistan and beyond? Please join the Center for American Progress for a debate between Brian Katulis and John Nagl on this topic, the latest in a series of discussions focusing on the ongoing political and military transition process in Afghanistan.

Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
John Nagl, President, Center for a New American Security

Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President of National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress


Panel 2—Negotiating Peace: A Viable Way to End the Afghan War?
Co-Sponsored with the Century Foundation
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Is a negotiated political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan viable? Panelists—who include members of the Century Foundation’s International Task Force on Afghanistan—will discuss the prospects for negotiations, optimal timing and pacing, and the goals of the Afghan and international stakeholders that would shape or complicate the outcome.

Steve Coll, President, New America Foundation
Ambassador Francesc Vendrell, Former United Nations and European Union Special Representative to Afghanistan
Marvin Weinbaum, Scholar-in-Residence, Middle East Institute

Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Jeffrey Laurenti, Senior Fellow, Century Foundation