Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Where Are We Now

Nearly a decade after 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan, the US still finds itself mired in a counterinsurgency effort with no clear end in sight. The future of Afghanistan is uncertain, with a government unsure of its ability to guarantee security in the wake of a US pull-out, and Pakistan is tangled in the complexities of being both a strategic partner to US counterinsurgency efforts and a magnet for disillusioned extremists.

Can the US expect to salvage a victory in the region? Have US counterinsurgency efforts been effective? What role has civilian leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan had in aiding or harming US operations? Do US goals align with the reality on the ground? Can the US achieve regional stability, and if so, is the end of combat operations in sight or will this become the next 100 years war?

Please join Hassan Abbas, Quaid-i-Azam Professor, Columbia University and Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society; and Michael Fenzel, Colonel, US Army and Asia 21 Fellow, Asia Society to discuss these and other pertinent issues. This discussion will be moderated by Jamie Metzl, Executive Vice President, Asia Society.

Co-sponsored by Global Emergency Medicine Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical College Emergency Department

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Wed 16 Feb 2011
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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