2012-04-26 Taliban Offensives in Afghanistan The United States has been in Afghanistan for over ten years. And a new agreement between the two nations may see the US presence extending ten years after the formal security hand over in 2014. But this piece of news has been overshadowed by a recent spring offensive by the Taliban. -Ambassador H.E. Sultan Ahmad Baheen, The Afghan Ambassador to China; -James Rae, Fulbright Scholar at China Foreign Affairs University; -Alain Lempereur, Alan B. Slifka Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University and Member of the Executive Committee of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Panel Discussion: Global Talk: Today's events include France pushing UN to use force in Syria, Egypt's former Prime Minister getting the go-ahead for the presidential election, ECOWAS outlining plans to send troops to Guinea Bissau, and much more. This section is presented by Robert Costelloe, Zhou Jingnan, and Zeng Liang.