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Colin Cookman Archives

Previewing Pakistan’s 2013 Elections

Pakistanis book_alt2 icon Report This report overviews the major political dynamics that have characterized the current Pakistani government’s tenure and previews the country's forthcoming general election campaign.

By Colin Cookman | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dealing with Pakistan’s Messy Politics

The United States will need to remain engaged with multiple centers of power inside Pakistan as it works through internal political struggles, write Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis.

By Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis | Thursday, June 21, 2012

Afghanistan Transition

book_alt2 icon Report The United States must strike the right balance between providing enduring support and continuing the ongoing transition to Afghan responsibility, write Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Brian Katulis.

By Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Brian Katulis | Thursday, May 17, 2012

Afghanistan’s Political Future

play_alt icon Video Colin Cookman explains why the United States must focus on Afghanistan's political transition.

By Colin Cookman | Thursday, May 17, 2012

Uh-Oh. Pakistan Can’t Pay Its Electric Bills.

The prospects for Pakistan's democracy and long-term stability will ultimately depend on political leaders being held publicly accountable for their management of the country's economic development, writes Colin Cookman.

By Colin Cookman | Thursday, May 10, 2012

Setting the Terms for a Long-Term U.S.-Afghanistan Partnership

Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman examine what has to happen next in Afghanistan for the new bilateral partnership to bear lasting fruit.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time for Afghan Political Settlement Talks

The recent protests in Afghanistan expose vulnerabilities in the current U.S. approach, write Colin Cookman and Caroline Wadhams. A diplomatic tack is necessary.

By Colin Cookman and Caroline Wadhams | Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Pakistan Aid Dilemma

article icon Issue Brief Though tensions between the two countries have risen recently the United States maintains an interest in engagement with Pakistan, and must be careful in considering how it structures and enforces new promises of assistance or threats of a cutoff, write Colin Cookman and Bill French.

By Colin Cookman and Bill French | Friday, December 16, 2011

The Limits of U.S. Assistance to Pakistan

article icon Issue Brief Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis, Sarah Margon, and Caroline Wadhams look at ways to streamline aid to Pakistan while making it more effective.

By Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis, Sarah Margon, and Caroline Wadhams | Monday, July 18, 2011

Unanswered Questions in Obama’s Afghanistan Policy

The departments and agencies of the U.S. government must work together to back up the president's remarks with policies and plans that can make political settlement and civilian transition in Afghanistan a reality, write Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Thursday, June 23, 2011

Decision Time in Afghanistan

The administration needs to resolve the unanswered questions in its strategy, write Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman. The withdrawal of a significant troop presence from Afghanistan is only a first step.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Monday, June 13, 2011

Negotiating Afghanistan’s Future

Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman argue that the United States needs to rethink its approach in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the raid on Osama bin Laden.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Thursday, June 2, 2011

After bin Laden

Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman explore U.S. options in the two nations in the wake of the killing of Al Qaeda’s leader.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Failure as the Trump Card

Pakistani leaders and their international backers must continue to push for reforms if the country is to move away from international dependency and towards a more sustainable future, writes Colin Cookman.

By Colin Cookman | Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting Afghanistan’s House in Order

The United States and its allies must address the political and financial stability of Afghanistan now or face the consequences down the road, says Colin Cookman.

By Colin Cookman | Thursday, March 10, 2011