Canada’s fight in Afghanistan has become the most controversial Canadian Forces deployment since the Balkans or Somalia. Often misunderstood and increasingly politicized as an issue, Canada’s complex commitment to stabilizing Afghanistan within the context of the larger global war against the Al Qaeda movement is often associated with rhetoric rather than fact. This conference will bring together Canadian operators who have deep knowledge of the conflict with commentators and scholars who have watched it develop from the 1980s to today. The aim will be to separate rhetoric from reality, theory from practice, and provide those interested in the events in Afghanistan with knowledgeable and focused perspectives.
Speakers to include:
Dr. Lester Grau on the Soviet Experience 1979-1989,
Lieutenant-Colonel Shane Schreiber, Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations), Combined Joint Task Force Aegis (2006), on working in a coalition headquarters,
and Dr. Sean Maloney, Afghanistan: the Long View.
Location: Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario
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