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Afghanistan: Can the Mission Succeed?

Chatham House, London

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Major General Gordon Messenger, Strategic Communication Officer, Ministry of Defence
Chair: Dr Paul Cornish, Head, International Security Programme, Chatham House


The speaker will examine the strategic rationale for UK engagement in Afghanistan. He will give an overview of the nature of operations on the ground, focussing on the relationship between military, political and stabilisation activity, as well as appraising the progress and challenges that exist, particularly in Southern Afghanistan. As Strategic Communication Officer, General Gordon will also discuss the challenges of communicating the key themes to the British public.