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Eighteen Years and $132 Billion: Taking Stock of U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan

Date & Time

Nov. 20, 2019
10:30am – 12:00pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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This event provided an assessment of the latest challenges facing the $132 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.

John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), recently returned from a visit to Kabul and shared his thoughts on what a potential peace settlement may mean for the future of the reconstruction mission. He also discussed ongoing efforts to combat corruption in Afghanistan, and he spoke about SIGAR’S new assessment of Afghanistan’s anti-corruption activities.

Additionally, he highlighted the conclusions reached to this point by SIGAR’s lessons learned program through its research and evaluations of 18 years of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.

Image: Flickr/Special IG for Afghanistan Reconstruction.


John F. Sopko

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
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Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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