Afghanistan: From Conflict to Regional Solution

Afghanistan: From Conflict to Regional Solution

March 28th – Next Generation Foreign Policy Network, the ANAJ-IHEDN team based in Washington DC is pleased to welcome you to our next conference on :

Afghanistan: From Conflict to Regional Solution


∙ Panel 1 : “Understanding the drivers of the coalition effort in Afghanistan


Colonel Jacques ARAGONES
French Army Attaché; former commander of the 8th RPIMa in Afghanistan

Former Green Beret, served three tours in Afghanistan; Consultant with Toffler Associates

Joshua FOUST
National Security Columnist, PBS Need to Know; former military intelligence analyst


∙ Panel 2 : “Shifting winds and cross-currents: Afghanistan’s complex regional dynamics”


Andrew SMALL
Transatlantic fellow and Co-director, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund

Frédéric GRARE
Senior associate and director of the South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Advocacy Counsel in the Law and Security Program, Human Rights First


Thursday, March 28th
6:30pm – 8:00pm
(Doors open at 6pm and close at 7pm)

Cocktail from 8:00pm

Maison Francaise at the Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 


It is now clear, and has been for some time, that there will be no military victory in Afghanistan, but a political solution, negotiated between actors who are trying to maximize their leverage through military action. As a result, an understanding of the situation on the ground requires a knowledge of both the campaign and of regional dynamics, as neighboring countries will seek to shape the outcome of the negotiations to favor an outcome they perceive to be conducive to their national interest.

Please join NextGen FPN for an exciting discussion where renowned experts with first-hand knowledge of the region will share their insights on these key issues and the forces driving them. The first panel will focus on the military effort in Afghanistan to stem the Taleb insurgency; following this presentation of key facts, a second panel will look at the complex web of regional relations that will heavily determine the end-game and the ability to implement any negotiated solution.

As always, a cocktail will be served after the event featuring French wines and snacks.


About Colonel Jacques Aragones
Colonel Aragones is the French Army Attache in the United States, the highest-ranking French Army official in US territory. He served as commander of the French 8th RPIMa in 2007-2009, including serving as commanding officer in Afghanistan in 2007. 

About Jim Bourie
Jim Bourie is a strategy consultant with Toffler Associates He formerly served as a Green Beret US Army, and his distinguished service includes three tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq between 2002 and 2009. In Afghanistan he was closely involved among other things with the development and implementation of the pilot program to set up what became the Afghan Local Police (ALP). A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he also received an MBA in Criminal Risk Management from the EDHEC in France in 2012.

About Joshua Foust
Joshua Foust is currently a National Security columnist for PBS Need to Know. He recently completed a 2-year research fellowship at the American Security Project, a think tank co-founded by Chuck Hagel and John Kerry. Prior to that he  was a senior intelligence analyst for the U.S. military, a civilian adviser to the U.S. military in Afghanistan, a political analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Yemen, and the in-house futurist for the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command. He is the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from

About Andrew Small
Andrew Small is a transatlantic fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which he has helped lead since 2006. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations, EU-China relations, Chinese policy in South and South-West Asia, and China’s role in “problem” and fragile states. He was based in GMF’s Brussels office for five years, where he established the Asia program and the Stockholm China Forum, GMF’s biannual China policy conference. He previously worked as the director of the Foreign Policy Centre’s Beijing office; as a visiting fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and was an ESU scholar in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

About Frederic Grare

Frederic Grare is senior associate and director of Carnegie’s South Asia Program. His research focuses on South Asian security issues and the search for a security architecture. He also works on India’s “Look East” policy, Afghanistan and Pakistan’s regional policies, and the tension between stability and democratization, including civil-military relations, in Pakistan. Prior to joining Carnegie, Grare served as head of the Asia bureau at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs in the French Ministry of Defense. He also served at the French embassy in Pakistan and, from 1999 to 2003, as director of the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities in New Delhi.

About Raha Wala
As an Advocacy Counsel in the Law and Security Program, Raha advocates for U.S. counterterrorism and national security policies that are consistent with human rights norms. Raha graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, co-president of Georgetown Law’s Amnesty International chapter, and student co-director of the Iraqi Refugee Resettlement Fact-Finding Project. Raha is the recipient of the Bettina E. Pruckmayr Award in International Human Rights and the author of From Guantánamo to Nuremberg and Back: An Analysis of Conspiracy to Commit War Crimes Under International Humanitarian Law. Raha received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School (2010) and his B.B.A. in Finance and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005).

About Next Generation Foreign Policy Network (NextGen FPN) – US Branch of ANAJ-IHEDN
Come sink your teeth in meaty foreign policy discussions, and enjoy savory real-life anecdotes and refreshing perspectives on key international issues of today and tomorrow ! 
NextGen FPN is a new association in Washington, DC. It is the DC branch of the ANAJ-IHEDN (, the only national association of young professionals in France focused on global defense and foreign policy issues.
NextGen FPN aims to bring together young leaders to raise their awareness of defense and national security issues, to help foster a better understanding of key challenges across cultures and nations, and to participate in fun, dynamic exchanges with distinguished and experienced speakers.

How to go there
From Dupont Circle : Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle, or Bus D6
For other options, check this LINK

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For more information :

Claire Davanne
Next Generation Foreign Policy Network
US Delegation Representative – ANAJ-IHEDN
73rd Youth Session – February 2012 – Paris

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