After 20 years of fighting a war in Afghanistan, the United States and allies expended over $835 billion on the conflict and another $145 billion in trying to rebuild a country ravaged by foreign invasions and internal battles since 1979. The human toll has been enormous. 2,443 Americans and 1,144 coalition troops were killed. Over 66,000 Afghan troops were killed and at least 48,000 Afghan civilians were killed with even larger numbers wounded. The dead and wounded on the Taliban side may well match or even exceed the casualties listed above. What have we learned from this experience? And how can we be better prepared for the looming humanitarian challenge in Afghanistan as well as the next major conflict or humanitarian disaster that confronts the international community?
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko joins the Atlantic Council on January 27th from 9:00AM – 10:30AM to discuss lessons learned and share ideas put forward by Americans involved in the Afghanistan conflict to learn from the mistakes of the past. This program comes under the looming threat of humanitarian collapse in Afghanistan and an international community that cannot decide on how to engage its Taliban rulers.
Moderated by South Asia Center distinguished fellow Shuja Nawaz, this program will also be joined by a select group of experts and decision makers from the United States and the region to provide their insights and strengthen the conversation.
Please register using the form below, and you will be emailed instructions for joining the event via Zoom. You may also watch it via livestream on this page.
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
Distinguished Fellow, South Asia Center
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SouthAsiaSource Jan 12, 2022
The Afghan Taliban aren’t likely to give up the TTP. Here’s why.
By Fahd Humayun
This week, a commander of the anti-Pakistan terrorist outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed by sniper fire in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Afghanistan’s new ruling dispensation under the Afghan Taliban is unlikely to have had a hand in the hit, despite Islamabad’s insistence that the new regime take action against the outlawed terrorist group.
SouthAsiaSource Dec 14, 2021
Will Afghanistan become another Somalia, Yugoslavia, or Medellin?
By Javid Ahmad
With no regional consensus on the way forward, the mixed dangers of Afghanistan morphing into another Somalia, or breaking into a loose confederacy of statelets like the former Yugoslavia, or becoming the next drug-replete Medellin is not a distant possibility.
New Atlanticist Dec 13, 2021
Afghanistan is about to collapse. Here’s what the US must do about it.
By John F. Campbell, Ryan Crocker, James Cunningham, James Dobbins, Hugo Llorens, P. Michael McKinley, John Nicholson, Ronald E. Neumann, Richard Olson, David Petraeus, and Earl Anthony Wayne
Eleven former US ambassadors and commanders issue an urgent warning to Washington and its allies.