Price of Success in Afghanistan: What Are the Stakes for the International Community?

As a new administration in Washington seeks to change the direction of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, and other governments gauge what they can sustain by way of contributions to the international effort there, debate is intensifying on both sides of the Atlantic—as well as in the wider region that surrounds Afghanistan—on what the external assistance and security presence can realistically hope to achieve.  To give focus to that debate, The Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress held a luncheon roundtable on June 2, to discuss “The Price of Success in Afghanistan: What Are the Stakes for the International Community?"

The discussion was informed by a panel of contrasting perspectives—two leading strategic thinkers in the United States, and a veteran international practitioner who variously represented both the United Nations and the European Union in Afghanistan:

  • Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Francesc Vendrell., Visiting Professor, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and former European Union special representative in Afghanistan
  • Stephen Walt, Professor of International Relations, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Jeffrey Laurenti from The Century Foundation moderated the discussion.

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