Video On Demand

Military Advice and the “Forever War” in Afghanistan

July 10, 2019 • 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT

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When the United States invaded Afghanistan after the attacks on September 11, 2001, and then overthrew the Taliban regime, senior military officers were not predicting that the United States would be militarily involved 18 years later. Yet, after expending nearly $800 billion and suffering 2,400 killed, the United States is still there, having achieved at best a stalemate. The CSIS report seeks to understand how this happened. Our panel discussion will consider the nature of military advice in Afghanistan, its strengths and weaknesses, and what we have learned for future conflicts.

This event is made possible through the support from the Koch Foundation.

David Barno (Lt. Gen. USA, ret.)

Visiting professor of Strategic Studies and Senior Fellow at the Merrill Center in the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Jonathan Schroden, Ph.D

Research Program Director and Special Ops Research Coordinator at CNA

Linda Robinson, PhD

Senior International/Defense Researcher Rand Corporation