Academic Learning Commons, Rm. 1107
The Political Science Department presents James Dobbins, a former U.S. ambassador to Europe, presents Afghanistan: What Have We Accomplished, What Have We Learned, and What Should We Expect? on the past, present and future of Afghanistan. Dobbins most recently served in the Obama administration as the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Here is Dobbins’s bio from RAND: “Ambassador James Dobbins is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. He most recently served as director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. He has held State Department and White House posts including Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Special Assistant to the President, Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for the Balkans, and Ambassador to the European Community. Dobbins has had numerous crisis management and diplomatic troubleshooting assignments as the Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations’ special envoy for Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia. Diplomatic assignments include the withdrawal of American forces from Somalia, the American-led multilateral intervention in Haiti, the stabilization and reconstruction of Bosnia, and the NATO intervention in Kosovo. In the wake of September 11, 2001, he was named as the Bush administration’s representative to the Afghan opposition with the task of putting together and installing a broadly based successor to the Taliban regime. He represented the United States at the Bonn Conference that established the new Afghan government, and, on December 16, 2001, he raised the flag over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy.”