• Can the Afghan National Army prevent civil war?

Can the Afghan National Army prevent civil war?

21 June 2012

Frontline Club, London

As US forces begin preparing to leave Afghanistan, the message being portrayed by the media is that the Afghan National Army (ANA) is taking control.

But when foreign troops have gone home in 2014 can Afghanistan depend on the ANA to keep the country from civil war?  What will become of the Afghan people?

This Frontline Club event will ask whether the country is destined to see a repeat of the civil war which followed the 1989 Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.


Dawood Azami, visiting scholar and award winning broadcast journalist working for the BBC World Service in London.  Until recently, he was the BBC World Service Bureau Chief and Editor in Kabul.  He was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum in 2011.

Jonathan Steele, a Guardian columnist, roving foreign correspondent and author.  He has reported from Afghanistan and Iraq as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Additional panelists to be confirmed.

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