- Afghanistan - NATO - terrorism
As France mourns the loss of ten soldiers in Afghanistan, The France 24 Debate asks whether the country can overcome its malaise and whether NATO can get the support it needs to finish the job at the heart of the war against global terrorism.
The French population's general lack of enthusiasm for the war has been overridden repeatedly by President Nicolas Sarkozy. He's promised to remain committed to fighting extremists set on thwarting the cause of democracy in Afghanistan.
But a lack of public support is not just a French problem - a number of European countries contributing troops to the NATO mission are battling with their public opinions as well. That has left the United States complaining that it's not getting the support it needs to complete a mission all its allies initially committed to.
So, what if anything can change the course of events in Afghanistan? That's one of the questions put to the panel: Paul Vallet, professor at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris; Jolyon Howorth, professor of political science from Yale University; Ernest J. Herold, a retired US army colonel; former chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the American Embassy in Paris; and via satellite from Kabul, Brigadier-General Richard Blanchette, spokesperson for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).