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Mar 26

Next Steps in Iraq and Afghanistan for Winning the Long War

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

In the run-up to the NATO Summit in Bucharest in early April, several questions have been raised about the NATO role in Afghanistan and how to maintain the organization's effectiveness amidst waning European public support for the overall mission in Afghanistan.  How can NATO better inform the public about the importance of defeating al-Qaeda and its Taliban allies in Afghanistan to ensure that the world is safer from global terrorism?  How might NATO adjust its overall strategy and knit up more effectively the contributions by the different NATO members to enhance the success of the Afghanistan mission? 

Shortly after the NATO summit, Washington will again turn its attention to Iraq. General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker both are scheduled to testify before Congress to deliver their latest assessments of the progress made in Iraq on the security, diplomatic, and political fronts.  Panelists will provide their own assessments of the current security situation in Iraq, evaluate how the surge strategy adopted last year has affected the prospects for stabilizing Iraq and make policy recommendations for Iraq after the surge.

More About the Speakers

Panel Discussion on Afghanistan:

Brigadier General Marquis Hainse
Canadian Forces,
Former Deputy-Commander Regional Command South, Afghanistan

Ambassador James Dobbins
International Security and Defense Policy Center,
RAND National Security Research Division and
former Special Envoy to Afghanistan

Seth Jones, Ph.D.
Political Scientist,
RAND Corporation and
Adjunct Professor,
Georgetown University

Lisa Curtis
Senior Research Fellow for South Asia,
Asian Studies Center,
The Heritage Foundation

Panel Discussion on Iraq (2:45pm):

Anthony Cordesman
Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy,
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Michael Eisenstadt
Senior Fellow and Director,
Military and Security Studies Program,
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Lieutenant Colonel Gian Gentile
Academy Professor and
American History Division Chief,
U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Jim Phillips
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs,
Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation