Dr. Henry Kissinger and a distinguished panel from the media, government, and academia discuss the ongoing challenges in Afghanistan.
The consensus view is that a military victory is unattainable. A political settlement achieved through reconciliation between the Karzai government and the Taliban may not be achievable within the timeframe of a U.S. withdrawal. Within that context, what role can and should outside powers—the U.S., China, Russia, the EU, India, Pakistan and Iran—play in promoting the peace process and stability in the aftermath of a U.S. military presence? All of the major powers have a shared interest in preventing Al Qaeda or its successor from regaining a foothold and in preventing the spread of conflict.
Following the discussion, John Milewski, managing editor and moderator of the Wilson Center's weekly television program, dialogue, spoke with members of the panel to explore their further thoughts on the subject.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, senior correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post
Robin Wright, journalist and author of seven books, most recently "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World"
Vali Nasr, professor of international politics, Tufts University
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