Columbia University SIWPS Conference"AFGHANISTAN: REALITIES AND THE ROAD AHEAD"@Mitsuru Fukuda.

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, presents


Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 12:15pm ? 2:00pm
Room 1512, 15th Floor, School of International and Public Affairs
420 West 118th Street
New York City

In November 2001, the United States had essentially accomplished its goal of overthrowing
the Taliban regime that harbored al Qaeda. Eightyears later, the United States finds itself
at a strategic crossroads, facing a resurgent Taliban insurgency that retains links to al Qaeda.
This panel presents views on the current situation and possibledirections for U.S. policy.

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Fotini Christia is Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT.
She completed her PhD in Public Policy at Harvard University in 2008.
Her research deals with issues of ethnicity and civil wars. Fotini is
presently working on evaluating the impact of community driven
development efforts in Afghanistan. She most recently published a
piece on reconciling with the Taliban in the July/ August 2009 issue
of Foreign Affairs, and has also worked in the Middle East and Central
Asia writing on her experiences from Afghanistan, Iran, the West Bank
and Gaza, and Uzbekistan for the New York Times, the Washington Post
and the Boston Globe.

Austin Long is an assistant professor at Columbia University's School
of International and Public Affairs, where he teaches international
security policy and strategic studies. He was previously an associate
political scientist at the RAND Corporation. In 2007-2008, he was an
analyst and adviser to Multi-National Force-Iraq; in 2009 he conducted
research in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His work has been published in
International Security, Survival, The International Journal of
Intelligence and Counterintelligence, and The American Interest.

Abraham Wagner is an Adjunct Professor at SIPA and Research Fellow at
the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies. He teaches in the
areas of national security, defense policy, counter-terrorism and
intelligence. Wagner has published a number of books, including a
four-volume series with Anthony Cordesman titled Lessons of Modern
War. Volume II - The Afghan and Falkland Conflicts, is an analysis of
Soviet military operations in Afghanistan. Wagner has received a BA,
an MA, and a PhD in political science and international relations as
well as a JD degree, and also teaches at the Inter-Disciplinary Center
in Herzilya, Israel. He previously served for 30 years in the federal
government at the National Security Council Staff, the Intelligence
Community Staff, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
(DARPA), and as a member of various government boards and advisory

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