Aug 24

Past Event

Progress in Afghanistan: Will the U.S. Strategy Succeed?

Event Materials



  • Pakistan's Impact on Afghanistan

    Vali Nasr, Dept. of State: Afghanistan and Pakistan have an intricate relationship; success in Afghanistan is largely contingent on what occurs in Pakistan (and vice versa).

  • Tackling Corruption in Afghanistan

    Michael O''Hanlon: The best way to manage the corruption still rampant in Afghanistan is to build broader coalitions and deal more equitably with tribal leaders and other officials.

    Michael E. O'Hanlon

  • Stability in Afghanistan Major Challenge

    Steve Coll, New America Foundation: Stabilizing Afghanistan is a sizeable challenge; there is a clear need to unify the many ethnic factions in order to reach that goal.

  • Pakistan's Support in Afghanistan

    Gen. Jehangir Karamat (Ret.): Pakistan is keenly supportive of U.S. action in Afghanistan; bringing stability to Afghanistan is in Pakistan''s interest.


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General David Petraeus has taken over of command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan at a time when many are questioning the success of the ongoing U.S. mission. Attacks on U.S. forces this summer have reached record highs and the number of military casualties continues to rise, while corruption remains a serious problem within the Afghan government. However, Pakistan has made progress against extremists on its side of the Afghan border and General Petraeus has built on some of the reforms initiated by General Stanley McChrystal. Afghan army forces are strengthening and signs of progress are emerging even in Afghanistan’s most challenging regions.

On August 24, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion assessing the state of the U.S. mission and the future of international involvement in the military and civilian effort in Afghanistan. Vali Nasr, senior advisor to the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the State Department and Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Ghost Wars (Penguin Press, 2004) joined Brookings Visiting Fellow General Jehangir Karamat (Ret.), former Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistani Army and Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, co-author of Toughing it Out in Afghanistan (Brookings Press, 2010). O’Hanlon discussed his new article, “Staying Power,” which appears in the current edition of Foreign Affairs.

Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion. After the program, panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda


August 24, 2010

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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