June 7, 2010

SAIS to host forum on key to success in Afghanistan

The Central Asia–Caucasus Institute at SAIS will host a forum called “Key to Success in Afghanistan” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9.

Participants will present a proposal developed by a team convened by CACI and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, with principal authors S. Frederick Starr and Andrew C. Kuchins. This “Silk Road Strategy” seeks to establish Afghanistan as a hub of roads, railroads, pipelines and power lines. Already under consideration both in Washington, D.C., and in Kabul, the proposal calls on the United States to provide the essential keystone to a legion of existing efforts.

The panelists are Starr, CACI chairman; Kuchins, director and senior fellow at CSIS’s Russia and Eurasia Program; Martin Hanratty, USAID’s senior development adviser to the U.S. Central Command; Lewis K. Elbinger, U.S. foreign service officer and deputy political adviser to the U.S. Central Command; and Michael J. Delaney, assistant U.S. trade representative for South Asia at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

The event will be held in the Nitze Building’s Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to CACI at
saiscaciforums@jhu.edu or 202-663-7723.