Debate on the future of US Role in Afghanistan

Washington DC - On February 28th in Washington DC, the McCain Institute for International Leadership will host the second debate in its recently launched "Debate and Decision Series." This one, entitled, “Afghanistan 2014: Should We Stay or Should We Go?”  will focus on national security, regional and human rights issues and will be moderated by Fox New's Jenna Lee. Debaters include Frederick Kagan, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Seth G. Jones, Associate Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation, Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic, and Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. They will engage in a frank and spirited discussion focused on President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union announcement to withdraw an additional 34,000 troops from Afghanistan in a year.

The first debate highlighted U.S. policy in Syria, a highlight of the discussion can be viewed at

Doors to the Burke Theater of the U.S. Navy Memorial will open at 4:30 and the debate will start promptly at 5 PM. There will be an audience question and answer period in which audience participation is strongly encouraged. The event will be live streamed at 

In the best American tradition of open inquiry and spirited discussion, the debate is part of a series focused on developing practical policy options to global problems. The debate is open to members of the public and media who register in advance.

The McCain Institute for International Leadership is a center for researchand action in national security and foreign policy. Through its policy research, events, fellows programs, and other activities, the McCain Institute aims to inform, convene, train and assist current and future leaders from the United States and abroad.