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Can Afghanistan Be Won? - Fouad Ajami

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/04/27/Uncommon_Knowledge_Fouad_Ajami Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami concludes that the American campaign in Afghanistan cannot be won. Ajami blames Afghanistan's leadership for the country's political instability, describing President Hamid Karzai as a "bandit" who is "going rogue." ----- Fouad Ajami deconstructs past and current U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the Greater Middle East and lays out the ideological and strategic challenges the United States faces in the Islamic world. In so doing, he challenges conventional wisdom, asserting that the Iraq war is won, the Afghan campaign can't be won, and Obama's approach to Iran is all wrong. He concludes by rejecting Mark Steyn's assertion that "there are moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam," declaring that "the battle for Islam is not yet lost." Fouad Ajami is the Majid Khadduri professor and director of Middle East Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, a position he has held since 1980. He has been since 1989 a contributing editor of U.S. News & World Report for which he has written on American foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics and contemporary history, and he is a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs for CBS News. Mr. Ajami is the author of numerous books including: The Arab Predicament, The Vanished Imam, Beirut: The City of Regrets, and The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey. He was awarded the five-year MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1982 for his work on Middle Eastern politics and culture. He is a member of the board of advisers of Foreign Affairs. Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, Uncommon Knowledge.
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