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Dec 16

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Meet the Press at Brookings: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Future of U.S. Policy in the Region

Event Materials



  • Reconciliation with the Taliban?

    Bruce Riedel: Some hope for reconciliation with the Taliban, but that could be problematic and could lead to civil war with our allies in the northern region.

    Bruce Riedel

  • America's Relationship with Hamid Karzai

    Vanda Felbab-Brown: The relationship between Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the U.S. has been tested and questioned. The U.S. must let him know that his friendship is valued and needed.

    Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • Give the Public an Honest Assessment

    Ronald Neumann, Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan: Take the “spin” out of reports on the campaign in Afghanistan and give the American people what they deserve—an honest assessment.

    Martin S. Indyk, Vanda Felbab-Brown and Bruce Riedel


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The Obama administration released its latest review of the current war strategy in Afghanistan this week. After ordering 30,000 additional U.S. troops to the region last year and setting a July 2011 target date for withdrawal, the White House is under pressure to show progress in the now nine-year-old war. Recent reports by U.S. officials highlight NATO’s progress in training Afghan security forces and curbing Taliban influence in the region. How accurate are these reports and how realistic is President Obama’s withdrawal timeline?

On December 16, Foreign Policy at Brookings and NBC’s Meet the Press hosted a panel discussion focusing on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the future of the U.S.-NATO mission. David Gregory, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, moderated the session, part of a monthly series of discussions on foreign policy. Panelists included Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, Brookings Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown, and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ron Neumann.

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

Event Agenda


December 16, 2010

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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