October 07, 2010

The Trust Deficit: The Impact of Local Perceptions on Policy in Afghanistan

I served as a respondent this afternoon, along with Jack Fairweather and Michael Semple, to an excellent new report written by my friends Erica Gaston and Jonathan Horowitz on the way in which U.S. and allied operations in Afghanistan have been perceived by the Afghans themselves. The panel discussion, which was taped by FORA TV and should be available somewhere on the internets in the near future can be viewed below, was a good one. In the meantime, you can both read the report itself and read my prepared remarks, below. (Note: These remarks, as with all remarks I post on this blog, were a) intended to be spoken and b) not written with academic sourcing. That said, a list of works referenced is at the bottom.)