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The summer of 2011, when U.S. troops will begin to drawdown in Afghanistan, will mark a watershed in the U.S. and NATO's decade-long effort in the country. A second watershed will occur in 2014 when the United States and NATO will transfer full responsibility of their efforts to Afghan leadership. But how does the United States and its allies get there from here? And what should the U.S. role be in Afghanistan beyond 2014? The forthcoming CNAS report by Lieutenant General David W. Barno, USA (Ret.) and Andrew Exum answers these questions and more. Responsible Transition: Securing U.S. Interests in Afghanistan Beyond 2011 lays out a strategy for the post-July 2011 phase of the war, defines the U.S. troop presence and commitment beyond 2014, and offers operational and strategic guidance for protecting U.S. and allied long-term interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
On December 14, 2010, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will launch Responsible Transition at an event featuring a discussion with the report's authors, moderated by Bob Woodward. Woodward, with his unparalleled insight into the decision-making processes of President Obama and his national security team on U.S. strategy for Afghanistan, will interview Barno and Exum on their recommended strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Exum, having just returned from Afghanistan, will also provide an on-the-ground update.
Lieutenant General David W. Barno, USA (Ret.) Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security Former Commander of U.S. and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan
Andrew Exum Fellow, Center for a New American Security Former Army Ranger and Civilian Advisor to General Stanley McChrystal
Bob Woodward Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and Editor with The Washington Post Author of Obama’s Wars
Stay tuned for next week's release of Responsible Transition: Securing U.S. Interests in Afghanistan Beyond 2011.
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This report, authored by CNAS Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow Lieutenant General David Barno and Fellow Andrew Exum, lays out a strategy for the post-July 2011 phase of U.S. and NATO efforts in Afghanistan, defines the U.S. troop presence and commitment beyond 2014, and offers operational and strategic guidance for protecting U.S. and allied long-term interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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