Karl Eikenberry: Force and Diplomacy

Force and Diplomacy with Karl Eikenberry - Conversations with History

Karl Eikenberry; Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and former Commander of Coalition Forces

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Karl Eikenberry, who commanded coalition forces in Afghanistan and served as U.S. Ambassador there. Reflecting on his career as soldier and diplomat, Ambassador Eikenberry recalls his formative experiences and compares the skill set and challenges of the two postings. He evaluates the volunteer military force, analyzes the situation in Afghanistan as the US stands down, describes the problems posed by exit strategies after intervention, and reflects on the implications of the rise of China and the US pivot toward Asia.

Karl Eikenberry
Publication date: 
May 6, 2013
Publication type: 
Conversations with History