What's Next in Afghanistan?
When Barack Obama ordered the surge of 30,000 troops into Afghanistan in 2009, he stipulated that a withdrawal would begin in July 2011 and continue until completion by 2014. What remains to be determined is how many troops will come home and what the pace of future withdrawal will be.
IPS's Phyllis Bennis debated Retired Army Lt. Col. John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security and Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
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Syria: The Threats, the Claims, the Costs, the Lives
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Video: Syria Crisis Becoming Increasingly Sectarian
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Video: Drums Beat for U.S. Military Intervention in Syria, but Israel Finds a Weakened Assad "Convenient"
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Video: Stephen Hawking Confirms Support of Israel Boycott
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