Afghanistan: Time to Negotiate a Deal?


afghanistan report.jpgThis morning I am helping The Century Foundation launch its new report, Afghanistan: Negotiating Peace
The National Press Club event can be watched here live. The meeting starts at 9:30 am EST.
Some of the themes of this meeting appear in an oped, “Settling the Afghan War,” by Lakhdar Brahimi and Thomas Pickering that appeared in this morning’s New York Times.
Here is the rundown of the speakers:

Lakhdar Brahimi, Task Force Co-Chair, former United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan (1997-99, 2001-04)
Thomas Pickering, Task Force Co-Chair; former United States Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
James Dobbins, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, National Security Research Division, RAND; former United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan
Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; former Assistant Secretary of Defense (1981-85)

The Century Foundation has been working with me in my other hat at Fenton in getting this report out — but whether or not I was part of the team, I feel that this international task force has made a key contribution to thinking through how a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan could be pursued. I know that the White House is taking this effort very seriously.
More soon. After the program.
— Steve Clemons


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