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Colin Cookman Archives

The Case of Raymond Davis

The U.S.-Pakistan relationship is put at risk by a shooting in Lahore, writes Colin Cookman. Resolving the situation will take careful diplomacy by both countries.

By Colin Cookman | Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Questioning Transition in Afghanistan

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry’s proposal to take a closer look at U.S. policies in Afghanistan offers a much-needed opportunity to reassess our efforts to develop a sustainable peace settlement, says Colin Cookman.

By Colin Cookman | Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Priorities for Pakistan

Pakistan’s international donors have a responsibility to hold the country accountable for government reform, writes Colin Cookman.

By Colin Cookman | Friday, January 14, 2011

Realignment: Managing a Stable Transition to Afghan Responsibility

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis, and Lawrence Korb outlines how to promote a self-sustaining government in Afghanistan.

By Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis, and Lawrence J. Korb | Tuesday, November 23, 2010

WikiLeaks Should Push Clarity on U.S. Strategy

The Obama administration should use the security breach as an opportunity to articulate its Afghanistan endgame, write Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Monday, July 26, 2010

Keeping Karzai’s Feet to the Fire

Carolina Wadhams and Colin Cookman on Tuesday's international conference that brought together more than 70 countries to discuss moving forward in Afghanistan.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What the International Community Should Focus on at the Kabul Conference

book_alt2 icon Report International donors at the upcoming Afghanistan conference should condition continued aid on key political reforms, write Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Assessing Peace Prospects in Afghanistan

Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman provide analysis of the upcoming “peace jirga” in Kabul and President Karzai’s new peace plan for Afghanistan.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Governance in Afghanistan

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman outlines challenges to improving Afghanistan's system of government and how the United States can address them.

By Colin Cookman and Caroline Wadhams | Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The 18th Amendment and Pakistan’s Political Transitions

The passage of Pakistan’s 18th amendment to its constitution could mark a shift to a more representative federal system, writes Colin Cookman.

By Colin Cookman | Monday, April 19, 2010

There’s No Success Without Political Progress

The U.S. military and intelligence community took two steps forward in Afghanistan, but President Karzai took two steps back, write Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman.

By Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Friday, February 26, 2010

A Word of Caution About Mullah Baradar’s Capture

Yesterday the New York Times broke the story of the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the operational leader of the Afghan Taliban and the highest-ranking insurgent figure captured since the war began in 2001. Baradar's capture, which the BBC reports happened approximately a week ago, took place in the Pakistani port city of Karachi in a joint operation between the CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Although few details about his condition or his cooperativeness are available, Baradar is now said to be under joint questioning in Pakistani custody.

By Colin Cookman | Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Is Vital

Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis outline India’s strategic importance to the United States on global and regional issues as India’s prime minister arrives for the first state visit hosted by President Obama.

By Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis | Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our Faustian Bargains in Afghanistan

Afghan elections illuminate how ex-warlords’ influence continues to hold back democratic governance and threaten political stability, write Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Christina Misunas.

By Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Christina Misunas | Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Keep Pushing Effective Governance in Afghanistan

The international community should continue to demand strong government in Afghanistan as the country heads into another round of voting, write Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Peter Juul.

By Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Peter Juul | Wednesday, October 21, 2009