Dec 18

Past Event

Memo to the President: Expand the Agenda in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Event Materials



  • Vanda Felbab-Brown

    Felbab-Brown says the Afghan people want peace but that any strategy for peace in Afghanistan begins with a military effort.

    Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • Lakhdar Brahimi

    Brahimi says Pakistan''s role in Afghanistan is critical and that the Pakistani people have a right to be concerned about India''s role in Afghanistan as well.

  • Ashraf Ghani

    With the Obama administration standing in the wings, Ghani says the U.S. now has a second opportunity to help bring peace to Afghanistan.

  • Marvin Weinbaum

    Weinbaum says President-elect Obama should be mindful of both the steps he should and should not take in Afghanistan.


Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan remains the front line in the war on terror. Pakistan is suffering from great internal challenges, while Afghanistan remains far from stable with a strongly resurgent Taliban. The bloody terrorist attacks in Mumbai have contributed to rising tensions between Pakistan and India and have serious repercussions for the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

On December 18, Brookings Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown offered a public memo to President-elect Obama with recommendations to expand an agenda of peace and stability to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The memo is the seventh of 12 Brookings memos on the most crucial public policy priorities facing the new president.

A distinguished panel included Felbab-Brown; Lakhdar Brahimi, a former United Nations special representative for Afghanistan and Iraq; Ashraf Ghani, a Brookings nonresident senior fellow and current chancellor of Kabul University, who is a former finance minister of Afghanistan; and Marvin Weinbaum, scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute and a former Pakistan and Afghanistan intelligence analyst with the U.S. Department of State. Brookings Senior Fellow Philip Gordon moderated the discussion.

Event Agenda


December 18, 2008

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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