Visualizing Afghanistan: Peace and Security Beyond the Transition
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2009-2011)
Retired U.S. Army Lt. General
Mr. David Arnold
President, The Asia Foundation
Thursday, January 24
We were pleased to convene, in partnership with the Asia Foundation, for a discussion and dinner program on Thursday January 24 with Asia Foundation President David Arnold and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry. Ambassador Eikenberry and Mr. Arnold discussed the state of Afghanistan today, the 2014 transition, and the political, economic, and security challenges ahead as the country works toward long-standing goals of peace and stability.
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry is the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and is a Distinguished Fellow with the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty. Before appointment as Chief of Mission in Kabul, Ambassador Eikenberry had a thirty-five year career in the United States Army, retiring in April 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant General.
Mr. David D. Arnold is the sixth President of The Asia Foundation. A highly respected international development veteran with years of experience across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, Mr. Arnold leads all aspects of The Asia Foundation, including its headquarters in San Francisco, an office in Washington DC, and 17 different country offices in Asia. Before joining The Asia Foundation, Mr. Arnold served as President of the American University in Cairo (AUC) for seven years. During his tenure at AUC, Mr. Arnold oversaw the construction of a new, state-of-the-art $400 million campus, including the region's largest English-language library and the first public park in the suburb of New Cairo. Mr. Arnold spearheaded AUC's $125 million fundraising campaign, the largest in the University's history. He also oversaw the launch of several new academic programs, including the University's first Ph.D. program, and expanded AUC's continuing education and community outreach programs. Previously, Mr. Arnold served for six years as Executive Vice President of the Institute of International Education, the world's largest educational exchange organization. From 1984 to 1997, he worked for the Ford Foundation, serving as its first program officer in the field of governance and then for six years as the organization's representative in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Mr. Arnold began his public service career in 1975 in his home state of Michigan as a program budget analyst with the Michigan Department of Labor.