Afghanistan: Winning the War- Problems, Solutions and Critical Decisions for the Next Administration

Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC


Clifford May is President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism.  He chairs the Policy Committee of the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), an international, non-partisan organization comprised of leading members of the national security community and is a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times.


Dr. Stephen Biddle is Senior Fellow for Defense Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining CFR in 2006, he held the Elihu Root Chair in military studies at the U.S. Army War War College Strategic Studies Institute.  Biddle's areas of expertise include U.S. national security policy, military strategy and the conduct of the war, technology in modern warfare, and recent operations in the War on Terror. He holds a MPP and PhD from Harvard.

Dr. Catherine Dale is a Specialist in International Security at the Congressional Research Service; she is the lead analyst on strategy and military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dale served as a Policy Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Political Advisor to the Commanding General of U.S. Army V Corps, and as the Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.  She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Univ. of California-Berkeley.

Dr. Seth Jones is a Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He focuses on counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations, especially in Afghanistan. He is the author, mostly recently, of "In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan."  Jones received his MA and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

Dr. John Nagl is a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. A retired US Army officer, his last assignment was training Transition Teams that embed with Iraqi and Afghan units.  A Rhodes Scholar, he earned his PhD from Oxford, taught national security studies at West Point, and served as a Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.  He was on the team that wrote the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual.


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Panel Introduction and Opening Statements

Panel Discussion

Audience Q & A