n 2010, U.S. Special Operations Forces began a new program to fight the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the Village Stability Operations/Afghan Local Police Initiative. The initiative embedded Army Special Forces and Navy SEAL teams in villages throughout Afghanistan, moving from a top-down to a bottom-up strategy to provide security.
In his new book In The Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and their Fight Against the Taliban, Daniel R. Green provides a first-hand account of how the initiative functioned in practice.
Green is a Defense Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is a reserve officer with the U.S. Navy and most recently served in Iraq (2015-2016) as a tribal and political engagement officer in Baghdad. Since 2001, he has held several senior advisory positions dealing with the Middle East, Central Asia, and NATO/Europe in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the State Department.
Date: September 7, 2017
When: 12:15 - 1:45 PM
Where: New America Foundation, Suite 900