Although it infrequently finds front-page news, America’s longest war—now in its 17th year—continues in Afghanistan. While Afghan security forces have taken the lead on the ground, the ongoing and evolving mission still involves an important American and coalition role. Last summer, President Trump announced an increase of several thousand U.S. troops, after also relaxing and broadening their rules of engagement to allow commanders more leeway in the employment of force. Today, with the summer fighting season around the corner, examinations of past effectiveness and upcoming plans are well underway in hopes of applying learned best practices while moving forward.
On March 30, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted Brigadier General Roger B. Turner, Jr., recently back from a tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, to discuss the current state of the conflict there. After opening remarks from General Turner, Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon posed several questions to the general, and took audience questions.
ModeratorMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy