Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost: Counterinsurgency from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan

04 March - 05 March 2010

SAIS Kenney Auditorium - Washington, District of Columbia

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Thursday, March 4th

Video
[Kenney Auditorium]
9:00 AM-9:30 AM. Event: Welcoming Remarks

Moderator: Mr. William Wise, Associate Practitioner-in-Residence and Associate Director, Southeast Asia Studies, SAIS

  •   Dr. Steve Maxner, Director, Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University  


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Part 3
[Kenney Auditorium]
10:00 AM-12:15 PM. Session 1: Developing a Strategic Policy for Civil-Military Operations (CMO) in Vietnam

Moderator: Dr. Marc Gilbert, Hawaii Pacific University

  •   Mr. Rufus Philips, Author  
  •   Dr. Ed Miller, Dartmouth College  
  •   Dr. Richard Hunt, Historian's Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense  
  •   Mr. Francis J. "Bing" West, Journalist  


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Part 2
[Kenney Auditorium]
1:15 PM-2:45 PM. Session 2: From Strategy to Tactics: CMO Operations in Vietnam

Moderator: Dr. James Willbanks, US Army Command and General Staff College

  •   Dr. Andy Finlayson, Independent Researcher  
  •   Dr. Jeffrey Race, Author  
  •   Mr. Thomas Ahern, Consultant to Center for the Study of Intelligence  


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[Kenney Auditorium]
3:00 PM-4:30 PM. Session 3: Assessing the Vietnam Experience

Moderator: Dr. Ron Milam, Texas Tech University

  •   Dr. John Prados, George Washington University  
  •   Dr. Larry Berman, University of California, Davis  
  •   Mr. Francis J. "Bing" West, Journalist  
  •   Dr. Jeffrey Race, Author  
  •   Mr. Rufus Phillips, Author  


Friday, March 5th

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[Kenney Auditorium]
9:00 AM-10:30 AM. Session 4: Counterinsurgency Operations in Iraq

Moderator: Dr. Patrick Cronin, Center for A New American Security

  •   Ms. Linda Robinson, Author and Consultant  
  •   Mr. Tom Ricks, Center for A New American Security  
  •   Mr. Andrew Exum, Center for A New American Security  


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[Kenney Auditorium]
11:00 AM-12:30 PM. Session 5: Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan

Moderator: Dr. Colin Jackson, Naval War College

  •   Dr. Giles Dorronsoro, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  
  •   Dr. Gerald Meyerle, CNA (Strategic Studies)  
  •   Hon. Ronald E. Neumann, US Ambassador to Afghanistan, 2005-2007  
  •   Col (Ret.) John K. Wood, Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NDU)  


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Part 2
[Kenney Auditorium]
12:45 PM-3:00 PM. Session 6: Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost

Moderator: Dr. Tom Keaney, SAIS

  •   Dr. Gordon Adams, American University  
  •   Dr. Mark Moyar, Marine Corps University  
  •   Dr. Austin Long, Columbia University/SIPA