This report draws on the extraordinarily successful Town Hall event on "The Way Forward in Afghanistan" organized by the Canadian International Council (CIC), in cooperation with The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), at CIGI headquarters on December 9, 2008. With diplomats and other experts interacting with CIC members across Canada through video links to CIC branches, this innovative event aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the current situation in Afghanistan, offer a forum for the expression of many different viewpoints, and engendered debate about the policy choices facing Canada [and other NATO nations] involved in Afghanistan. The report draws on the wealth of knowledge, concerns and opinion shared during the Town Hall on a range of critical issues pertaining to Afghanistan’s state-building process. In addition, the report summarizes reflections and recommendations on Canada's policy towards Afghanistan as expressed by CIC branch participants.

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