Baker Institute expert on Afghanistan: ‘America’s ‘forever war’ will continue’


Jeff Falk

Baker Institute expert on Afghanistan: ‘America’s ‘forever war’ will continue’

HOUSTON — (Aug. 21, 2017) – President Donald Trump will make his first prime-time broadcast on a specific policy issue to the nation as president at 8 p.m. CT to unveil his new plan for the war in Afghanistan.

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“Trump listens to the generals on Afghanistan,” said Joe Barnes, a foreign-policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “America’s ‘forever war’ will continue.”

Barnes is available to discuss the president’s address and Afghanistan strategy with the media.

From 1979 to 1993, Barnes was a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department, serving in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. His last assignment in the State Department was with the policy-planning staff.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Barnes, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.