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    Afghanistan Elections and U.S. Troop Withdrawal

    Former NATO commander General John Allen and other experts on Afghanistan’s talked about the country’s upcoming presidential election and the planned withdrawal of foreign troops from the country by the end of 2014. They discussed the candidate and Taliban’s efforts to disrupt the process, and post-election challenges such as forming a government and long term-coordination with U.S. troops.

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    Book Discussion on Fixing Failed States

    Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart talked about their book Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World (Oxford University Press, May 2, 2008). In their book they look at why past efforts to fix failed states have not worked and argue for a strategy that involves the international community. They argues for creating a comprehensive aid system rather than a piecemeal one; instituting a double compact between the international community and the government and the government and its people; and establishing a strong national accountability system. Both authors played a role as United Nations advisers in rebuilding the government in Afghanistan following the overthrow of the Taliban. Ashraf Ghani served as finance minister in Afghanistan following the overthrow of the Taliban government. Clare Lockhart worked for the World Bank and United Nations. The authors responded to questions from members of the audience. Mr. Freston moderated the event, which was held in the Asia Society Museum in New York City.