The Strategic Consequences of the Failure in Afghanistan
(Amb. Ali Jalali, August 22, 2021)
About the speakers
Ambassador Ali Jalali served as Afghanistan’s Interior Minister from 2003 to 2005, overseeing the creation of a trained force of 50,000 Afghan National Police and 12,000 border police to work effectively in counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, and criminal investigation. He also served as Afghan Ambassador to Germany and Designated Special Envoy to NATO. He is a Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. His most recent book is a military history of Afghanistan from the Great Game to the Global War on Terror. A former official in the Afghan Army, Col. Jalali served as a top military planner with the Afghan resistance after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo is the Founder and Chairman of the Westminster Institute. He has served as Advisor to Permanent Joint Headquarters United Kingdom and as Cultural Adviser to Regional Command South Afghanistan and to ISAF, the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dr. Sookhdeo has been a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Defense Academy in the UK and a Fellow of the Security Institute also in the UK. He received his PhD from London University School of Oriental and African Studies. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Unmasking the Islamic State and Understanding Islamist Terrorism.
Dr. Hy Rothstein recently was a longtime faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He spent considerable time in Afghanistan and is the author of Afghanistan and the Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare. He also contributed to and edited Afghan End Games: Strategy and Policy Choices for America’s Longest War. Dr. Rothstein served in the U.S. Army as a special forces officer for more than 26 years. He is a graduate of the West Point Military Academy.