Afghanistan

Since 9/11 the United States military has been aggressively fighting terrorism all over the world, increasingly using the most elite units. 

Unlike most conventional forces, special operations soldiers are given plenty of freedom to solve complex problems out in the field. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AAM partnered with Tolo News (Afghanistan) and Geo News (Pakistan) for the latest in a series of bilateral town halls connecting audiences and government officials for a televised dialogue that broadcast in prime time in both countries. The town hall focused on the changing relationship between the two countries since the new Afghan government has come to power, and what both countries are doing to fight the rising threat of violent extremism in the region. 

Guests on the program included:

In Afghanistan:

Monday, November 3, 2014

AAM partnered with NDTV (India), ARY Digital (Pakistan) and Tolo News (Afghanistan) to launch a groundbreaking trilateral town hall series, connecting audiences and government officials in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan for a televised dialogue that broadcast in all three countries.

For most people, the bombs and bloodshed seem a world away, but for Afghans and American soldiers and civilians, the conflict is a daily reality.

And it’s been a reality for a long time. The typical American third-grader has live his or her entire life in world where US troops have been fighting in Afghanistan. Now, for the first time, live audiences in both countries get to talk to each other about living with war.

For nearly a decade, Americans and Afghans have been joined by conflict. In the first years of the war, images of Afghan girls returning to the classroom were a heartening change from the years of Taliban brutality. Engaging the women of Afghanistan is critical shaping a modern, democratic Afghanistan. Yet local laws have again become more conservative. And strong development benchmarks for women have waned. Now, with talk of possible reconciliation with the Taliban, some wonder: do women’s rights in Afghanistan still matter?

A decade after the attacks of September 11th, the war in Afghanistan continues to take its toll on Afghans and Americans alike. In the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, thousands of lives have been lost and millions have been affected.

It's been called the most successful alliance in world history. President Obama and fellow leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, are meeting at an important summit in Chicago this month to discuss the future of the alliance.

NATO troops have now spent a decade in Afghanistan, and more recently, NATO airpower helped to overthrow Moammar Ghaddafi in Libya. But in the face of economic stress, and war-weary publics in the United States and Europe, how will the alliance move forward?

“Make no mistake, our strong presence in the Middle East endures, and the United States will never waver in defense of our allies, our partners, or our interests.”

In this special anniversary episode, A Decade at War: Iraq, Afghanistan & Counterinsurgency, America Abroad looks back at the policies and lessons of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the efficacy of the US. counterinsurgency strategy. 

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