Afghanistan: Mikhail Gorbachev's Lessons for President Obama
Jonathan Steele, Columnist, The Guardian, Foreign Correspondent and Author, Ghosts of Afghanistan
Chair: Sir Rodric Braithwaite GCMG, British Ambassador to the Soviet Union and subsequently to the Russian Federation (1988-92) and Chairman, UK Joint Intelligence Committee (1992-93)
Jonathan Steele was engaged in numerous reporting assignments in Kabul during both the Soviet-led and US and British interventions, which makes him well placed to evaluate and examine their differing approaches in Afghanistan. Comparing the Soviet and US strategies, he will argue that President Obama is wrong to rely so heavily on the search for military victory rather than follow Mikhail Gorbachev's strategy of asking his allies in Kabul to negotiate with the insurgents in order to create a government of national unity and to enable foreign forces to completely withdraw.