Prospects for the Future of Afghanistan
Although US combat operations in Afghanistan have formally ended, the US continues to have significant foreign policy responsibilities in the region. President Obama will visit the region in the latter part of January and regional security is an important agenda item. Dr. Carter Malkasian is extraordinarily well-suited to discuss the future of Afghanistan and US regional policy at this important time. He was most recently the political advisor to General Joseph F. Dunford, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from May 2013 to August 2014. Before that, he directed the office of overseas operations within the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, where he oversaw U.S. civilians deployed in Afghanistan, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Prior to that assignment, from August 2009 to July 2011, he was a political officer for the Department of State in Afghanistan, leading a district support team (DST) in Garmser district, Helmand province. Before his assignment in Afghanistan, he directed the Stability and Development Program at CNA Corporation and also served as an advisor to the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), deploying to Iraq three times.
Dr. Malkasian's most recent book is entitled War Comes to Garmser (Oxford University Press). Other publications include A History of Modern Wars of Attrition (2002), The Korean War, 1950-1953 (2001), and "War Downsized: How to Accomplish More with Less" in Foreign Affairs. Malkasian completed his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and then earned his doctorate in the history of war at Oxford University.
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