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Afghanistan Reconstruction: Lessons from the US Experience

Chatham House, London


John F Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
Chair: Lyse Doucet OBE, Chief International Correspondent, BBC


The current conflict in Afghanistan has become both America's longest war and its most expensive mission to rebuild a single country. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John F Sopko is tasked by congress to provide independent and objective oversight of US reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and to make recommendations for improvements that might be made in the planning and implementation of these efforts. After 15 years and more than $120 billion spent by the US on Afghanistan reconstruction, Sopko discusses his agency's work to extract critical lessons from the US experience that can be applied both in Afghanistan today but also to future rebuilding efforts elsewhere in world.