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Stabilization: Lessons from the U.S. experience in Afghanistan

Stabilization: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in AfghanistanIn Afghanistan, the U.S. government has spent nearly 18 years trying to help the Afghan government stabilize rural communities by winning hearts and minds. With the recent rise of the Islamic State and its affiliates, it is important to examine the various stabilization efforts and programs the U.S. government implemented in Afghanistan and identify lessons and recommendations for future efforts.

On May 24, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence will host John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) for a keynote address on the release of the new SIGAR report titled “Stabilization: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan.” This address will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Brookings President John R. Allen.

The conversation will then be followed by a panel discussion with distinguished analysts and practitioners, including Frances Z. Brown, fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow at Brookings; Colonel Joel Vowell, executive officer to the secretary of the Army; and David H. Young, lead analyst at SIGAR and lead author of the report. The panel and Q&A will be moderated by Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow at Brookings. After both the discussion and panel, participants will take audience questions.

Agenda

Welcoming remarks

Keynote address

Keynote

John F. Sopko

Special Inspector General - Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Discussion

John F. Sopko

Special Inspector General - Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Panelists

Panelist

Colonel Joel “JB” Vowell

Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army - U.S. Army

Former Federal Executive Fellow - The Brookings Institution

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