2012 Conference

Armed Intervention: Lessons from Afghanistan 

Group of 78 Annual Foreign Policy Conference

September 28-30, 2012
Cartier Place Suite Hotel, 180 Cooper St.,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Philip MacKinnonFerry deKerckhove

Conference Links

Conference 2012 Final Report

Armed Intervention: Lessons from Afghanistan Final Recommendations (summary)

Conference Program

Speakers Biographies

Acknowledgements and Thanks

Speaker Presentations and Related Articles

Ferry de Kerckhove Keynote Address

Nipa Banerjee Speaking Notes

Daryl Copeland Speaking Notes

Hussain Ramoz Speaking Notes

Peggy Mason Speaking Notes

Philip MacKinnon Speaking Notes

Sadiqa Basiri Saleem Speaking Notes

Conference Photo Album

Background Materials


May 15, 2012 – Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) – Afghanistan Paper #10, Afghanistan as a test of Canadian politics: What did we learn from the experience by Stephen M. Saideman

July 7, 2012 – Peacebuild and Care Canada – Afghanistan: Pathways to Peace – New Directions for an Inclusive Peace in Afghanistan on the Afghanistan: Pathways to Peace initiative.

December 1, 2007 – Afghanistan in Search of Peace, Group of 78 Submission to the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan


Afpak Daily Brief – Foreign Policy magazine.

TomDispatch.com – Mission Failure: Afghanistan. A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.


The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan – Nick Turse, editor.

No Sign until the Burst of Fire: Understanding the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier by Thomas H. Johnson and M. Chris Mason


October 2, 2012 – “Canada in Afghanistan: Assessing the Costs” by Daryl Copeland

New York Times – Audacious Raid on NATO Base Shows Taliban’s Reach by Alissa J. Rubin

The Atlantic – The Afghanistan-Shaped Hole in the Presidential Campaigns by Joshua Foust

Embassy Magazine – Let us not squander the last Afghan chance by Nipa Banerjee

The Mark – Seven Ways to Fix Afghanistan by Daryl Copeland

The Mark – Lawrence of Afghanistan by Daryl Copeland

The Mark – How to Stop an Insurgency by Daryl Copeland

The Mark – Diplomacy Today: Lessons from the Raj? by Daryl Copeland

The Mark – A Future Without Force by Daryl Copeland

The Mark – How to Stop an Insurgency by Daryl Copeland

Canadian International Council – What is the biggest lesson Canada can take from its experience in Afghanistan?

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute – Lessons Learned? What Canada Should Learn from Afghanistan


Afghanistan: Five Book Reviews by Yves Morneau


Canadian International Council – What Went Wrong in Afghanistan? And What Can We Learn From It?

Brave New Foundation – Rethink Afghanistan

BBC – The Power of Nightmares Part 3: The Shadows in the Cave by Adam Curtis

Restrepo: A documentary of a year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger.



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