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Discuss: Could Afghanistan Become Obama's Vietnam?

People fight to be on the last plane out of Nha Trang, South Vietnam, March 31, 1975. (Jean-Claude Francolon/Liaison Agency)

People fight to be on the last plane out of Nha Trang, South Vietnam, March 31, 1975. (Jean-Claude Francolon/Liaison Agency)

When President Obama announced the deployment of more troops in Afghanistan, many critics made comparisons between the current situation and the war in Vietnam.

How much relevance does the Vietnamese conflict have for our Afghan intervention?

At a February 24 panel discussion at the Asia Society, historians and scholars will examine the validity of a pervasive analogy and seek historical lessons in trying better to understand the challenges of state-building in an Afghan context.

Do you think the US is more likely to succeed today in counter-insurgency warfare than 40 years ago? Will the troop surge bring us closer to the establishment of a democratic government for Afghan citizens?

Join the discussion below.