Aug. 9, 2010, 10:41 a.m.
In May 2010, Harvard and Tufts University held a workshop to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. The universities assembled a wide range of experts to share their opinions on the prospects for a successful US mission in the region. The Harvard Kennedy School has recently released a document, which summarizes the views of the event's participants.
The workshop convened a select group of Afghan politicians and former military officials, Pakistani journalists and scholars, current and former UN officials, diplomats, humanitarian workers, and representatives from the U.S. military to discuss the opportunities for, and obstacles to, security and political reconciliation (see the annex for a list of participants). The panels explored the meaning of “political settlement” in Afghanistan, the role of military operations in achieving such an outcome, the impact of local security arrangements and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, the political economy of insurgency, counterinsurgnecy and state building, and regional dimensions and implications.