2018 Annual Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll lays out a compelling case for the long-term costs of America’s war in Afghanistan. What does the United States have to show for its 17-year long occupation lasting through three presidential administrations? Coll draws on material from his most recent work, Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to portray in vivid detail key factors that have rendered futile America’s search for effective policies to bring the conflict to a close.