Afghanistan: Has It Been Worth It?

From the military mission to the reconstruction effort, our panel discusses what has and hasn't been achieved during Canada's nine years in Afghanistan, and what to expect from the post-2011 training mission.


  Renée Filiatrault

A former diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Renée recently returned from a 14-month posting in Afghanistan where she worked as Senior Public Diplomacy Officer out of Kandahar. She previously served two Ministers of National Defence, and also held positions with the British Foreign Office.


  Dr. Samantha Nutt

Executive Director and co-founder of War Child Canada, a non-profit organization which works to reduce poverty, to provide education and to defend the rights of children all over the world whose lives have been torn apart by conflict.  Read more about Samantha Nutt here.


  Steven Staples

Director of the Rideau Institute on International Affairs, an independent research, advocacy, and consulting group based in Ottawa.  He has also acted as the Director of Security Programs for the Polaris Institute, the Issue Campaigns Coordinator for the Council of Canadians and the Coordinator for End the Arms Race.  Read more about Steven Staples here.


  Brian Stewart

Former CBC News foreign and senior correspondent, now Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.  Read more about Brian Stewart here.







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