What's Next in Afghanistan?
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President Obama told the UN General Assembly today that the war in Afghanistan will end on schedule in 2014. But that's all he said. What did he leave out? We talk about a war that could get a lot more complicated before it's finally over. Also, the continuing bias against women in science.
Banner image: US Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, arrive at an Afghan National Police checkpoint in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/US Army
President Obama Addresses United Nations ()
In his annual address to the UN General Assembly today, President Obama asked world leaders to condemn the deadly attacks against US diplomats and embassies in Egypt and Libya. He said he does not believe violence or hate speech represents the views of most Muslims any more than the video. Scott Wilson covers the White House for the Washington Post.
What's Next in Afghanistan? ()
When America's 33,000- troop "surge" in Afghanistan ended a week before President Obama's deadline this coming Sunday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made the announcement during a trip to New Zealand. In today's speech to the UN, the President mentioned Afghanistan only once. Sixty-eight thousand American soldiers are scheduled to stay in Afghanistan until 2014. What did hundreds of lives and tens of billions of dollars accomplish over the past two years? Soldiers, diplomats, and other observers don't agree. It's unclear if it's safe for remaining coalition troops to train Afghan security forces, or if the Taliban are just waiting for final US withdrawal. What's likely to happen between now and then? Does America have the political will to make good on its promise to maintain Afghanistan's integrity long after that?
- Rod Nordland: New York Times, @rodnordland
- Joseph Collins: National War College
- Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Washington Post, @rajivwashpost
- Ahmed Rashid: Pakistani journalist
College Science Profs Show Bias against Women Undergrads ()
American universities claim to be fighting gender discrimination, but bias against women is alive and well. Yale University has released a study demonstrating that even science professors are biased against women -- and that's even true of female professors. Yale Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Jo Handelsman is the study's senior author.
- Jo Handelsman: Yale University
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