Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Political Strategies in the Afghan War

Reconciliation and Insurgency

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Featured panelists:

Gilles Dorrensoro, Visiting Scholar, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Joanna Nathan, Independent Consultant
Michael Semple, Fellow, Carr Center on Human Rights, Harvard University

Moderated by:

Caroline Wadhams, Senior National Security Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress

In the midst of Abdullah Abdullah’s withdrawal from the presidential race and President Hamid Karzai’s de facto victory, the Obama administration is assessing how to move forward in Afghanistan. The "messy" election process has only complicated their efforts, as the Afghan government, deemed essential to U.S. and NATO efforts, is hobbled by corruption and weak popular legitimacy.

Meanwhile, the Taliban insurgency’s strength has grown, with its forces now estimated at 25,000 members—a 25 percent increase over the past year. Policymakers have discussed negotiating with elements of the insurgency to stem its momentum. The diverse range of motivations feeding into the insurgency has convinced many that some Taliban fighters can be persuaded to switch sides in the war in Afghanistan. Little progress has been made thus far in these reconciliation efforts, however, despite overtures by President Karzai and high-level Saudi-brokered efforts.

Please join the Center for American Progress and the New America Foundation for the second in a series of discussions with experts debating key aspects of the ongoing mission in Afghanistan. The panelists will analyze the impact of Karzai’s presidential victory on the insurgency, discuss the costs and opportunities offered by negotiation efforts, and share their thoughts on U.S. strategy moving forward.

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

To RSVP, please contact Suzi Emmerling at [email protected] or 202-481-8224.

Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

For more information, call 202-682-1611.