Afghanistan: America’s Forgotten War: A Panel Discussion

28 November, 2017 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Room 602 (6th floor)
1957 E st NW
DC 20052
Deepa Ollapally, Research Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW
Speakers include:
Benjamin Hopkins, Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies; Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GW
Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs; Director, Central Asia Program; Associate Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, GW
Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW
The United States has now been at war in Afghanistan for sixteen years. There remains no clear end to the conflict in sight. While the Trump Administration promised a new direction in American policy towards the country, the Administration appears to have decided to stay the course for the most part. There are approximately 12,000 publicly acknowledged American troops in the country whose main responsibility is executing a program of train and equip, which puts Afghan forces on the front lines with American support as necessary. Given the past decade and a half, what are the options for the United States in Afghanistan? How viable is the current Afghan government and continuing American commitment to it? And what are the interests and policies of Afghanistan’s neighbors, most importantly Pakistan, as the war grinds on? With expertise in the region’s politics and history, as well as American policy, this panel considers the present state of play.

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