Afghanistan, Pakistan, India: Crossroads of Conflict

February 19-21, 2010

The 23rd annual Camden Conference focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan and India – an area termed the most challenging in the world by many 2009 conference speakers. No assessment or understanding of the situation in Afghanistan can be separated from attention to critical factors and developments in neighboring Pakistan which in turn leads to a focus upon the complex and volatile relations between Pakistan and India. The February 2010 conference offered both specific and overview presentations devoted to the broad array of issues raised within this turbulent region as well as the role of U.S. policies and programs in this “crossroads of conflict.”

Conference Highlights (PDF)

Conference Highlights

Conference Video Archives

Pakistan, Afghanistan and U. S. Policy in the Region

Ahmed Rashid

Pakistani journalist and author of Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia and Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Is There an Afghanistan?

Whitney Azoy

 Immediate past Director of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies in Kabul; author of  Buzkashi: Game and Power in Afghanistan.

What Future for Pakistan?

Samina Quraeshi

Award-winning Pakistani educator, designer, artists and author

Afghanistan and Pakistan in Turmoil-The View from India

Teresita Schaffer

Thirty year career in the U.S. State Department including Ambassador to Sri Lanka; Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia.  Now at C.S.I.S. in Washington, D.C.

U. S. Military Strategy in Afghanistan

Larry Goodson

Professor of Middle East Studies, Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. 

Assessing U. S. Policies and Prospects in South Asia

Paul Pillar

Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

U. S. Policies and Prospects in South Asia

Ronald Neumann

President, American Academy of Diplomacy; retired after long career with State Department including posts as U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain, and (from 2005-2007) Afghanistan.

The View from Kabul

Athanasios Moulakis

Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Government at The American University of Afghanistan. Prominent positions as scholar and educator in Europe and the U.S.

Lessons for American Policy

Nicholas Burns

Retired from distinguished twenty-seven year career in the U.S. State Department including service as U.S. Ambassador to Greece and NATO and culminating as Under Secretary of State.  Now at the Kennedy School, Harvard University.

Conference Photo Gallery