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Can President Obama's New Afghan Strategy Succeed

Afghan workers unload election material from a helicopter on Nov. 1, 2009 in the remote village of Pajwar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)


Peter Galbraith, former United Nations' Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani, Presidential Candidate, Afghan Presidential Election 2009 and former Afghan Finance Minister

Amin Tarzi, Director, Middle East Studies, Marine Corps University

Jamie Metzl, Executive Vice President, Asia Society (moderator)

Does the President's revised strategy offer a realistic chance to achieve U.S. goals in Afghanistan? Can a new 'surge' roll back recent Taliban gains and avoid a return of terrorist havens? Is a unified and democratic government possible under the leadership of President Hamid Karzai? What constitutes success in Afghanistan? Join Dr. Ashraf Ghani, Karzai opponent in the recent presidential election and former Afghan Finance Minister; former United Nations' Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Dr. Peter Galbraith; and Director of Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University Dr. Amin Tarzi for a discussion of the way forward in Afghanistan.

Please note: this event will also be a free live video webcast from 6:30 to 8:00 EST on AsiaSociety.org. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions to [email protected].

Join the discussion: Can President Obama's new Afghanistan succeed?

Policy programs at the Asia Society are generously supported by the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy.


Event Details

Tue 8 Dec 2009
1:30pm - 3:00pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Free to Asia Society members; $5 students/seniors, $10 nonmembers