Policy Forum

Should the United States Withdraw from Afghanistan?

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Date and Time
September 14, 2009 12 - 2 PM EDT
Featuring Malou Innocent, Foreign Policy Analyst, Cato Institute, and co‐​author of Escaping the ‘Graveyard of Empires’: A Strategy to Exit Afghanistan; Celeste Ward, Senior Defense Analyst, RAND Corp.; Patrick M. Cronin, Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Robert Naiman, National Coordinator, Just Foreign Policy; and Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute, and co‐​author of Escaping the ‘Graveyard of Empires’: A Strategy to Exit Afghanistan. Moderated by Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

Nearly eight years after the fall of the Taliban regime, Afghanistan struggles under the most brutal circumstances: corrupt and ineffective state institutions; thousands of miles of unguarded borders; pervasive illiteracy and poverty; and a dysfunctional international alliance attempting to provide security for the country. Can “nation‐​building” in the midst of a bloody insurgency succeed in such an environment? What constitutes “success,” and what price should we be willing to pay for it? Does the United States have a compelling strategic rationale for remaining in Afghanistan? Please join us for a lively discussion.