The conflict in Afghanistan is the United States’ longest-running war. Despite the progress made there since September 11, 2001, the persistence of the Taliban insurgency is perhaps still the most debilitating challenge facing the country. The continuing dangers posed by the insurgency in the face of the weaknesses of the Afghan state suggest that the United States and its allies must make important decisions on how best to support Afghanistan going forward.
Today, as the Trump administration is reviewing these issues, U.S. choices about its future involvement in the country remain arguably the most crucial external factor in the evolution of both the conflict and the Afghan state. A recent paper by Ashley J. Tellis and New America’s Jeff Eggers, U.S. Policy in Afghanistan: Changing Strategies, Preserving Gains, examines these paths forward. Tellis will present the paper’s findings and then be joined by Ambassadors Zalmay Khalilzad, Daniel F. Feldman, and Hussain Haqqani to discuss future U.S. and allied involvement in Afghanistan and potential policy approaches. Jeff Eggers will moderate the discussion. A light lunch will follow.
Date: May 31, 2017
When: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace