The United States is moving into a new phase of engagement with Afghanistan as it draws down its combat presence in the country. During last year's presidential campaign, President Obama declared a goal of bringing American troops home and focusing instead on "nation building" here in the U.S. But a hasty U.S. troop withdrawal and a failure to remain seriously engaged with the Afghans in other ways risks sacrificing everything the U.S. has fought for over the last decade.
What are the best options for the pace and scope of withdrawal over the next two years? What level and type of U.S. troop presence should remain in Afghanistan post-2014 to ensure the country does not revert to its previous status of terrorist safe haven? What are the realistic possibilities for reconciling with the Taliban in a way that preserves democratic and human rights gains?
Join us as a distinguished group of experts addresses these and other questions related to the future of U.S. engagement with Afghanistan.
More About the Speakers
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Resident Fellow and Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Senior Fellow and Editor, The Long War Journal, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.
Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies