In addition to RAND Corporation, Dr. Jones is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies. Previously, he served as the representative for the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations. Before that, Dr. Jones served as a plans officer and advisor to the commanding general, U.S. Special Operations Forces, in Afghanistan. He specializes in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, including a focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al-Qaeda. Dr. Jones is author of "Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al al-Qaeda after 9/11" and "In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan," which won the Silver Medal for the 2010 Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award. He is also the author of "The Rise of European Security Cooperation."
As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:
1) Seth G. Jones and Keith Crane, "Afghanistan After the Drawdown," Council on Foreign Relations Press, November 2013.
2) Graeme Smith, Seth G. Jones, and Nader Nadery, Clare Lockhart, Daniel S. Markey, Zachary Laub, "Prospects for Afghanistan in 2014," CFR.org, December 18, 2013.
3) "U.S. War in Afghanistan," Interactive Timeline, CFR.org.
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