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Revitalizing U.S. Efforts in Afghanistan

Recorded on October 16, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Afghanistan is a crucial front in the global struggle against the al-Qaeda terrorist network and Islamic radicalism. The United States-led coalition has been unable to transform an overwhelming military victory against the Taliban in 2001 into a stable postwar political situation for a variety of reasons, including Afghanistan's fractious politics; the country's shattered economic, state, and civil society infrastructures; a minimalist American approach to committing military forces and foreign aid; and Pakistan's failure to decisively crack down on Taliban forces who have taken refuge in Pashtun tribal areas along its border with Afghanistan. Despite the challenges, most observers believe that with a revitalization of the international effort, the goal of a stable and secure Afghanistan remains achievable. What steps does the U.S. need to take to turn the corner in Afghanistan and ensure that the country does not again fall sway to Taliban influence and become a safe haven for global terrorists? Join us for a discussion of these vital issues with a distinguished panel of experts.