Karl W. Eikenberry-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, September 27, 2013

Karl W. Eikenberry

The Limits of American Intervention

Friday, September 27, 2013     |     1:00-2:00 pm, McConomy Auditorium, University Center

The Limits of American Intervention: Lessons from Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry, William J. Perry Fellow in International Security, Center for International Security and Cooperation; Distinguished Fellow, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University; Former Ambassador to Afghanistan (May 2009-June 2011); and Former Commander of the American-Led Coalition Forces (2005-2007).  From South America to Africa to Asia, dystopian states and ineffectual nations create conditions threatening to U.S. and global security. Yet, recent history has demonstrated the risks attending American-led military campaigns to eliminate hostile regimes and create suitable replacements through sustained nation-building programs.  Drawing upon his three tours of duty in Afghanistan as a military commander and ambassador, Karl Eikenberry will discuss the limits of American hard power in effecting sustainable political-economic change through intervention.

Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP) and supported by the Humanities Scholars Program, the Bradford and Diane Smith Family Lecture, the Office of the Vice Provost for Education, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and the Department of Modern Languages.