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Thursday, September, 07, 2017

In The Warlords’ Shadow: Village Stability Operations in Afghanistan, New America DC

In The Warlords’ Shadow: Village Stability Operations in Afghanistan

September 7, 2017

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Where

New America

740 15th St NW #900

Washington, D.C. 20005

In 2010, U.S. Special Operations Forces began a new program to fight the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the Village Stability Operations/Afghan Local Police Initiative. The initiative embedded Army Special Forces and Navy SEAL teams in villages throughout Afghanistan, moving from a top-down to a bottom-up strategy to provide security.

In his new book In The Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and their Fight Against the Taliban, Daniel R. Green provides a first-hand account of how the initiative functioned in practice.

Green is a Defense Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is a reserve officer with the U.S. Navy and most recently served in Iraq (2015-2016) as a tribal and political engagement officer in Baghdad. Since 2001, he has held several senior advisory positions dealing with the Middle East, Central Asia, and NATO/Europe in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the State Department.

In addition to his latest book In The Warlords’ Shadow, he has two other books: The Valley’s Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban and Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with al-Qaeda.

Follow the discussion online using #AfghanSOF and following @NewAmericaISP.
Participant:

Daniel R. Green
Defense Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Author, In The Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and their Fight Against the Taliban
Moderator:

Peter Bergen, @peterbergencnn
Vice President, New America

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