The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations recently hosted a talk by Pulitzer Prize winning author Fred Kaplan. His talk is titled Counterinsurgency, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency, Iraq, and Afghanistan: One Strategy Doesn't Fit All. Kaplan says that counter-insurgency is inseparable from nation-building, and anyone not willing to undertake the second has no business with the first.
Mr. Kaplan worked as a reporter and then as Bureau Chief - first in Moscow and then in New York for the Boston Globe. At the end of 2002 he was hired by Slate Magazine as a "War Stories" columnist. He is the author of several books on American foreign policy and war, the latest one is "The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War."
This talk was recorded August 26, 2013 at Point Lookout