Wed, Feb 24 | Webinar with Q+A

Michael Phelan, Director of the Afghanistan Study Group

Join us for an evening with Michael Phelan, presented in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace and the World Affairs Council of America.
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Time & Location

Feb 24, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Webinar with Q+A

About The Event

What are the options for a peaceful resolution to the on-going conflict in Afghanistan, and what actions should the new administration take to enhance the prospects of a sustainable settlement? The Afghanistan Study Group, a bipartisan team of experts and former policy makers convened by the United States Institute of Peace, has been tackling these questions at the request of the U.S. Congress for the past 10 months.  On February 24, 2021, Michael Phelan, Director of the Afghanistn Study Group, will join the World Affairs Council of Maine for a discussion of the main findings of the report with Charles Norchi, Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law at the University of Maine Law School.

More about the Afghanistan Study Group: The congressionally mandated Afghanistan Study Group (ASG) was charged with identifying policy recommendations that “consider the implications of a peace settlement, or the failure to reach a settlement, on U.S. policy, resources, and commitments in Afghanistan.”  The ASG is a 15-member bipartisan group that is co-chaired by Kelly Ayotte, former U.S. senator (R-NH); Joseph Dunford, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Nancy Lindborg, former USIP president and CEO. Its members bring a diversity of strategic and practical knowledge including economic, military, diplomatic, social, and geopolitical expertise, as well as experience across large and complex organizations and processes.A senior advisors was appointed by the ASG co-chairs. The senior advisors offer deep subject-matter expertise spanning a range of specialties. They provided insights and analysis on topics being addressed by the ASG and presented their findings to the study group members on specific issues. The ASG also consulted with key external stakeholders, including allies, regional partners, multilateral institutions, and civil society and community groups, as well as the private sector, and representatives of the administration and Congress, for briefings and discussion.

The Afghanistan Study Group Report

Released in early February, this was a Congressionally-mandated bi-partisan review of United States policy options in Afghanistan in 2021, with a new Congress and a new Administration.The Afghanistan Study Group looked at a remarkably complex set of issues in a year of unprecedented disruption, and an unrelentingly fluid operational and policy environment. This confluence of events as the Group met through 2020, focused their effort on genuine national security interests at stake as they considered U.S. policy after nearly 20 years. The Group was asked to consider such policy going forward in the event of a peace agreement as well as in the absence of one.

This is a public event sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace and the World Affairs Council of America. There is no charge to attend the webinar, although sponsorship tickets are available. 

Community members in need of accomodations to access the webinar should contact info@wacmaine.org no later than Feburary 10, 2021.

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