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Masood to lead Great Decisions discussion on Afghanistan, Pakistan

Monmouth College administrator Mohsin Masood will lead a discussion on “Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan” at the next Great Decisions meeting on campus.

Free and open to the public, the program will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the College’s Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. It will include about one hour of group discussion following the remarks by Masood, who is the interim vice president for student life and dean of students.

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11.

Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Masood will discuss the looming choice for the Trump administration: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no-win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.