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Education Key to Building Afghan Security Forces' Capacity

Interviewer: Jonathan Karl
Interviewee: William B. Caldwell IV

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, head of NATO training efforts in Afghanistan, says 9 out of 10 Afghan security recruits are illiterate, and emphasizes the education role that has become a major component of NATO training. Caldwell expects NATO and U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan well after 2014, when Afghan forces are planned to take on security leadership in the country.

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Media Conference Call: U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan After Osama bin Laden

Speaker: Stephen D. Biddle

Osama bin Laden's killing by U.S. forces in Pakistan raises questions about the U.S. relationship with Pakistan and the war in Afghanistan. CFR Senior Fellows Stephen Biddle and Daniel Markey discuss the implications of bin Laden's death on U.S. policy and the continued challenges in the region.

 

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Interview

Secretary Gates's Strategic Thinking

Colonel Gian Gentile, USA interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's recent West Point speech promoted the need for better strategic thinking by the U.S. military to supplant a current emphasis on counterinsurgency tactics and nation building, says CFR's Gian Gentile.

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