Past event

What Went Wrong in Afghanistan? Professor Stephen Biddle - Columbia University

The Institute for the Study of War and Strategy presents ‘What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?'.

Stephen Biddle is Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, a member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served on the Defense Department's Defense Policy Board, on General David Petraeus' Joint Strategic Assessment Team in Baghdad in 2007, as a Senior Advisor to the Central Command Assessment Team in Washington (2008 to 2009), as a member of General Stanley McChrystal's Initial Strategic Assessment Team in Kabul in 2009, and on a variety of other government advisory panels and analytical teams.

Biddle lectures regularly at the US Army War College and other military schools and has presented testimony before congressional committees on issues relating to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria; force planning; conventional net assessment; and European arms control.

Biddle's book Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle (Princeton University Press, 2004) won four prizes, including the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award Silver Medal for 2005, and the 2005 Huntington Prize from the Harvard University Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. His other publications include scholarly papers in International Security, Security Studies, The Journal of Strategic Studies, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and other academic journals; shorter pieces on military topics in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and other news and opinion outlets; and 31 NATO and US government sponsored reports and monographs.

Before joining the Columbia faculty in the autumn of 2018, Biddle was Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, and has held the Elihu Root chair in military studies at the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) and the Roger Hertog Senior Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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