Lessons from America's longest war: The past, present and future of Afghanistan

When

Wednesday, 2 October 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Where

USSC Boardroom Institute Building, City Rd Darlington University of Sydney

Type

Public event

Cost

$10 - General Admission

Eighteen years into America's war in Afghanistan, it is important to remember that America’s goals were lofty to begin with: destroy al Qaeda, remove the Taliban from power, remake the country into a democracy. While the United States succeeded in ousting the Taliban and driving al Qaeda from the country, its efforts to fashion a self-standing Afghan political order and to prevent the resurgence of militancy and terrorism never reached a satisfying outcome. How, why, and in what ways did the Western project in Afghanistan fail? Is a durable solution to the war within reach? If so, what does the US approach to disengagement from Afghanistan imply for American strategy and force posture in the emerging great power competitions outside the region? If not, what are the options for addressing the West’s core interests in Afghanistan and the region?

To better understand what these implications might be, and to discuss what the evolving policy process inside the Trump administration has been, please join us for a special conversation with Dr Colin Jackson, Chairman of the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the US Naval War College, and until recently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia in the US Department of Defense. United States Studies Centre Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel will moderate the discussion.

Featuring

  • Dr Colin Jackson
    Dr Colin Jackson

    Dr Colin Jackson is Chairman of the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the US Naval War College. He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia in the US Department of Defense.

  • Dr Charles Edel
    Dr Charles Edel
    Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Dr Charles Edel is Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College, and served on the US Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff from 2015-2017. In that role, he advised Secretary of State John Kerry on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.