Lessons learned from pursuing civil-military coherence
In April 2015, CIC Associate Director Barnett Rubin joined the Danish Institute for International Studies for a seminar on Afghanistan's recent history and lessons learned from pursuing civil-military coherence. He kicked off the discussions with a keynote speech on Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014.
President Ghani’s trip to Washington this week is like pressing the reset button for Afghan-American ties. While the Obama administration is satisfied so far with his early performance, he faces an uphill battle at home.
President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan is proposing to improve Afghanistan’s contentious relations with Pakistan in the hope of paving the way toward both peace with the Taliban and regional economic cooperation.
CIC Associate Director Barnett Rubin and Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund Andrew Small assess Beijing’s role in improving the historically tense relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Barnett Rubin acknowledges that Afghanistan is marred by ethnic conflicts, corruption, and poverty. But the former senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (Richard Holbrooke) says there are still signs of significant progress since the Taliban government was overthrown in 2001.
CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin spoke at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, with an eye toward Canadian involvement in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. With the end of that operation in December 2014, what will become of that country, in which Canada and its NATO allies have invested so much? Dr. Rubin presents his analysis, based on decades of first-hand experience in a lecture and discussion available below.