The U.S. and Iraq have signed an agreement for U.S troop withdrawal from Iraq by 2011. In Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have rejected an offer for peace talks with the Afghan government as long as foreign troops are present. An update on challenges and U.S. strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan.


  • Paul Pillar Director, graduate studies at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University and a former CIA National Intelligence officer
  • Shibley Telhami Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, and author of "The Stakes: America in the Middle East" (Westview Press)
  • James Kitfield Senior correspondent, "National Journal" magazine.
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