Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Ambassador Lecture Series
Friday, 10 June 2011 16:13

A Conversation between Jeffrey Laurenti & Ambassador Kamal

Jeffrey Laurenti, one of the leading experts on the Middle East and global security issues, is currently Senior Fellow and Director of Foreign Policy Programs at The Century Foundation, a research organization that undertakes timely and critical analyses of major economic, political, and social institutions and issues. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of several books and publications including Afghanistan Negotiating Peace March 2011 Report and Afghanistan Agonists: The Many Stakes in a Thirty Year War. Previously Laurenti was Deputy Director of the United Nations Foundation's United Nations & Global Security Initiative.

Ambassador Kamal, former Permanent Representative of Pakistan, United Nations, will also be on hand to address the many rapidly unfolding world events in the Middle East including the demise of Obama Bin Laden.

WHO:  Jeffrey Laurenti, Senior Fellow and Director of Foreign Policy Programs; International task force director for report Afghanistan: Negotating Peace.
WHAT:  Major Events in Our Changing World
WHEN:  Tuesday,  May  3rd,  at  7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Reid Castle East Library

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Refreshments will be served.

March 2011 reports published by The Century Foundation and Mr. Laurenti, as Director of the Task Force:

Afghanistan: Negotiating Peace
Mar 23, 2011 | Authors: TCF | Publisher(s): The Century Foundation
For nearly ten years, the U.S. and the international community have been engaged in the struggle to secure a stable peace in Afghanistan.  The international task force organized by The Century Foundation, under the leadership of Ambassadors Lakhdar Brahimi and Thomas Pickering, just released their report, Afghanistan: Negotiating Peace. Their findings and recommendations seek to determine what kind of political path might lead to ending the war. (Read More...) 

Afghanistan Agonistes: The Many Stakes in a Thirty Years War
Mar 25, 2011 | Authors: Jeffrey Laurenti | Publisher(s): The Century Foundation

Afghans largely recognize that their country has made considerable gains over the past decade, project director Jeffrey Laurenti argues in this background paper for the task force, but unreconciled internal divisions and the conflicting priorities of Afghans' foreign friends have aborted the country's return to stability. The concentric circles of neighborly interests in Afghanistan have been partly harmonized through the United Nations, with the critical exception of Pakistan's, but a new fluidity may be opening possibilities for convergence on restoring peace and security. (Read More...)