A conversation with
John F. Sopko
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
Director, South Asia Center
Political and military transitions make 2014 a pivotal year in Afghanistan. Foreign troops are drawing down, but Afghanistan's social and economic problems and a tough and persistent insurgency remain. This pivotal transition year will give Americans fresh indications of how well the twelve-year, more than $102 billion US reconstruction effort may have succeeded. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, will report on his recent trip to Afghanistan and provide his assessment of how the reconstruction effort can move forward in spite of the challenges facing Afghanistan post-2014. Sopko will also discuss the progress made so far, the progress yet to be made, and the prognosis for the future in the areas of security, elections, governance, narcotics, corruption, the economy, and guardianship of international assistance funds.
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