Limited Horizons

The United States, Afghanistan, and the 2016 Zero Option
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Last week, President Obama announced his plans for a post-2014 U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Though 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan to support Afghan security forces and conduct counterterrorism activities, he added that the majority of the U.S. forces would leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016.
While the imminent end of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan is welcome news to some, heavy criticism was directed towards the president by those who were worried the significant and costly gains made in Afghanistan since 2001 would be compromised due to the condensed nature of the withdrawal timeline.
With a pending run-off presidential election and the promise of a new Afghan leader within the next few months, please join the New America Foundation and the Alliance in Support of the Afghan People for a discussion about how Obama’s plans will affect Afghanistan and the United States moving forward.

If you are unable to join us in person, please tune in to our live webcast, which will appear at the top of this page on the day of the event. No sign up is requried to view the streaming video. 
Join the conversation online using #Afghanistan2016 and following @NatSecNAF and @AfghanAlliance.


Chris Kolenda
Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
Former Senior Advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of Defense 
Clare Lockhart
President, the Institute for State Effectiveness
Ambassador Ronald Neumann
President, American Academy of Diplomacy
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
Omar Samad
Senior Central Asia Fellow, New America Foundation
Former Afghan Ambassador to France and Canada

Event Time and Location

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036