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'The Accidental Guerrilla': Dr David Kilcullen at ANU, June 09
Uploaded on Jun 8, 2009
The Authors@Google program welcomed David Kilcullen to Google's New York office to discuss his book, "The Accidental Guerrilla".
"David Kilcullen is a contemporary practitioner and theorist of counterinsurgency and counterterrorism. A former Australian Army officer, he left that army as a lieutenant colonel in 2005 and now works for the United States State Department. During 2007 he served in Iraq as Senior Counterinsurgency Adviser, Multi-National Force - Iraq, a civilian position on the personal staff of U.S. Army General David Howell Petraeus, responsible for planning and executing the 2007-8 Joint Campaign Plan, which drove the Iraq War troop surge of 2007. Kilcullen is also an advisor to the United States, British and Australian governments, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and several private sector institutions, on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency issues."
This event took place on May 6, 2009. Category News & Politics

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A Conversation with Gen. David Petraeus
Uploaded on Mar 3, 2010 Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, engaged in an open dialogue at Vanderbilt University March 1, 2010, about his actions as commander of the surge in Iraq and the role of U.S. forces overseas. The event was a conversation between Petraeus and Mike Newton, Vanderbilt professor of the practice of law. Newton is a West Point graduate who is an international legal adviser to the Iraqis and was one of the small team of international experts who taught them international criminal law and assisted with the trials. The conversation was sponsored by the International Legal Studies Program and the College of Arts and Science. Category Education


Accidental Guerrilla Google Talks

David Kilcullen "Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of Urban Guerrilla" Google Talks


David Kilcullen "The Future of Conflict...and Everything Else'


Karl Eikenberry: Counter-insurgency and state-building efforts in Afghanistan

Uploaded on Oct 25, 2011
Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry discusses current counter-insurgency and state building efforts in Afghanistan, in a talk at The Australian National University.

In this talk he examines the challenges international civilian and military actors face in the troubled state and assesses whether Afghan forces will be ready to take on responsibility for the nation's security by 2014.

Karl Eikenberry served as US Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, during which time he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty. Before this he was the commander of the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2007.

During his 35-year career with the US Army, he has served in various policy and political-military positions, including as Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Director for Strategic Planning and Policy for US Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii and US Security Coordinator and Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is now the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Category Education 


"Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Lessons from Iraq for Afghanistan and Beyond"
 by John Nagl
Published on Jun 13, 2014 Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs, entitled "Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Lessons from Iraq for Afghanistan and Beyonod" delivered by John Nagl. Given on September 22, 2011 at The Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University



"Aspiration and Ambivalence: Strategies and Realities of Counterinsurgency and State-Building in Afghanistan," Felbab-Brown offers analysis on an Afghanistan in flux.

Following U.S. troop withdrawal in 2014, Afghanistan faces an uncertain future. Its fate could be compromised or even commanded by war lords, terrorists or corrupt government officials. Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown spent time on the ground observing events and talking to a mix of Afghans from high ranking officials to village elders, to merchants to the person on the street. In this four-part video series based on her book,
More at Brookings.edu: http://goo.gl/8MVDS Category News & Politics

Published on Mar 25, 2013
Vanda Felbab-Brown: I don’t believe the Afghan people hate government. I met many young people in my travels who, like their parents and grandparents, are unhappy with corruption and crime…they simply want to live and thrive.


Published on Mar 25, 2013 Vanda Felbab-Brown: Pakistan plays a significant role in Afghanistan’s future and is the primary reason why the Afghan people are facing such a challenging future.

Published on Mar 25, 2013 Vanda Felbab-Brown: The choices the U.S. makes as we approach and engage in the 2014 military draw-down will largely determine Afghanistan’s future.



Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Pakistan and the South Asia Region
Streamed live on Apr 23, 2014
Please join the U.S. Institute of Peace for a discussion with key policy experts on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts in Pakistan and the greater South Asia region. For more information about this event, visit: http://www.usip.org/events/insurgency...
Speakers: Moeed Yusuf - Director, South Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
General John Allen - Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution, and former Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
Cameron Munter - Professor of International Relations, former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan
Peter Lavoy - Partner, Monitor 360, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for (APSA)
Andrew Wilder, Moderator - Vice President, South & Central Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace




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