Afghanistan and Pakistan have challenged President Obama since he took office, as questions persist about the success of U.S. policies in the region. As the administration considers alternatives to increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, military leaders led by General Stanley McChrystal argue that more troops are necessary to avoid failure. This, as the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan continues to remain the front line in the war on terror.
On October 5, the Brookings Institution hosted the launch of a new Pakistan Index with a discussion on the state of the Afghanistan mission and the effort to address extremist activities in Pakistan. Panelists included Senior Fellows Stephen Cohen and Bruce Riedel, as well as Fellow Jeremy Shapiro and Research Analyst Jason Campbell, who authored the Afghanistan Index. The Afghanistan Index and the new Pakistan Index offer assessments of the missions, conflicts and policies in those countries.
Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, director of research of Foreign Policy and senior author of the new Pakistan Index, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion. After the program, panelists took audience questions.