Afghanistan: The Reconciliation Option

April 4, 2017 | 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Fl, Washington, DC 20036


U.S. commanders characterize the fight against the Afghan Taliban as a “stalemate.” As U.S. national security leaders and Congress evaluate strategic choices in Afghanistan, the discussion has narrowly focused on military options and troop levels. The Stimson Center is pleased to host Ambassador Richard Olson who will detail what an alternative approach, a reconciliation option, might look like in Afghanistan. Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, will offer comments and Sameer Lalwani, Deputy Director of the South Asia program, will moderate a discussion. Stimson Center President Brian Finlay will convene the event.

WHAT: An on-the-record discussion with Amb. Richard Olson examining U.S. strategy and policy options in Afghanistan. Lunch will be served.
WHERE: Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, 8th Floor, NW, Washington, DC 20036
WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
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Ambassador Richard Olson was the U.S. Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan from November 2015 to November 2016. Prior to that, he was U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from 2012 to 2015, served as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul from 2011 to 2012, and was U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011. 

Lisa Curtis is a Senior Research Fellow on South Asia in The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center. From 2001 to 2003, Curtis was the White House-appointed Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, where she helped develop policy to manage Indo-Pakistani tensions. 

Brian Finlay is the President and CEO at Stimson. Finlay is also an Adjunct Instructor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington. Prior to joining Stimson, Finlay served four years as executive director of a Washington-based lobbying initiative focused on counterterrorism issues, a researcher at the Brookings Institution, and a program officer at the Century Foundation.

Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Associate and Deputy Director for Stimson’s South Asia program where he researches nuclear deterrence, inter-state rivalry, crisis behavior, and counterinsurgency. Previously, Lalwani was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow and an Adjunct at the RAND Corporation.


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