The 2010 Camden Conference will focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan and India — an area termed the most challenging in the world by many 2009 conference speakers.

The conference will offer specific and broad presentations on issues raised within the turbulent region as well as the role of U.S. policies and programs in this “crossroads of conflict.”

The conference will open Friday, Feb. 19 with the keynote address at 8 p.m. It will continue Saturday, Feb. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ahmed Rashid’s keynote address is titled “Pakistan, Afghanistan and U.S. Policy in the Region.” Rashid is a Pakistani journalist and author of “Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia” and “Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.”

A half dozen speakers are scheduled for Feb. 20. Whitney Azoy will discuss “Is there an Afghanistan?” Samina Quraeshi will ask “What Future for Pakistan?” Teresita Schaffer’s topic is “Afghanistan and Pakistan in Turmoil — the View from India.” Larry Goodson will discuss “U.S. Military Strategy in Afghanistan.” Paul Pillar’s topic is “Assessing U.S. Policies and Prospects in South Asia.” Ronald Neumann will discuss “U.S. Policies and Prospects in South Asia.”

On Feb. 21, Athanasios Moulakis will offer “The View From Kabul.” Nicholas Burns will return to the Camden Conference for “Lessons for American Policy.” The conference will conclude with a final panel of all speakers.

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