There Is No Military Path to Victory in Afghanistan

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By Professor Rajan Menon (originally written for the National Interest, 9/12/2016)

Few will say it, but the facts are indisputable: America’s war in Afghanistan has failed. There comes a time when persisting in a lost cause amounts to foolishness, indeed irresponsibility. That time has arrived.

Washington’s minimal goals were to vanquish the Taliban, root out Al Qaeda and build a stable, effective government whose army and police would eventually fight the Taliban independently and successfully while maintaining law and order across the land. These objectives have not been meet.

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NATO Secretary General at CCNY on September 27, 2012

On Thursday, September 27, the Colin Powell Center and the CCNY Division of Social Science will present Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treat Organization (NATO), who will address “Why NATO Matters to You.” Speaking in conversation with CCNY President Lisa S. Coico, Secretary General Rasmussen will spotlight how NATO deals with emerging security challenges and contributes to global security.

Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen. NATO official portrait.

On Thursday, September 27, the Colin Powell Center and the CCNY Division of Social Science will present Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), who will address “Why NATO Matters to You.” Speaking in conversation with CCNY President Lisa S. Coico, Secretary General Rasmussen will spotlight how NATO deals with emerging security challenges and contributes to global security.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall at City College (view on Google maps). It will have a “town hall” format, in which CCNY students and members of the community will be invited to ask questions of the secretary general. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the CCNY international relations, international studies, and public administration programs. Continue reading “NATO Secretary General at CCNY on September 27, 2012”