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Afghans Find Their Way

Afghan candidate supporters article icon Issue Brief The international community will play an important but secondary role in Afghanistan’s future as Afghans work to create a more sustainable state through strengthening their political consensus, building their economy, and increasing security.

By Caroline Wadhams | Monday, March 10, 2014

Focusing on the End Game in Afghanistan

Caroline Wadhams discusses the end game in Afghanistan and how the United States should refrain from announcing a full withdrawal of U.S. troops prior to the election.

By Caroline Wadhams | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Karzai risks much in his latest manufactured crisis

Karzai’s recklessness may undermine Afghanistan’s political transition, which has long been cited as the primary determinant of a peaceful future for Afghans.

By John Podesta, Tom Perriello, and Caroline Wadhams | Thursday, November 28, 2013

What to Expect from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s U.S. Visit

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh article icon Issue Brief Prime Minister Singh and President Obama will meet for the third official U.S.-India state visit to exchange ideas on deepening the U.S.-India partnership, as well as fulfilling unmet expectations.

By Caroline Wadhams and Aarthi Gunasekaran | Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Preparing for the Upcoming Afghan Political Transition

Afghan President Hamid KarzaiThe United States and its partners must continue to focus on Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election and political transition despite the world’s focus on the conflict in Syria.

By Caroline Wadhams and John Podesta | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Toward Convergence: An Agenda for U.S.-India Cooperation in Afghanistan

book_alt2 icon Report The United States and India must work together to ensure the future stability of Afghanistan and the region.

By C. Raja Mohan, Caroline Wadhams, Wilson John, Aryaman Bhatnagar, Daniel Rubin, and Peter Juul | Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Afghanistan Beyond 2014: Elections, Political Settlement, Reforms

A paper by a number of Afghan civil-society organizations offers recommendations in three critical areas of importance: the upcoming national elections in Afghanistan, efforts for a political settlement, and broader political reforms.

By Caroline Wadhams | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Politics and economics, not troops, will decide Afghanistan's future

As Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Washington to discuss a bilateral strategic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan, policymakers and the public are debating the pace of troop drawdown and the residual force post-2014, when the security handover to Afghan authorities finishes. Missing from these discussions is a focus on the political and economic […]

By John Podesta and Caroline Wadhams | Thursday, January 10, 2013

Managing Afghanistan’s Political Transition Between Now and 2014

Leon Panetta, Hamid KarzaiAs the United States plans its transition strategy for Afghanistan starting in 2014, policymakers need to consider the capabilities of Afghan security forces while also pushing for a diplomatic agreement in the region.

By Caroline Wadhams | Monday, January 7, 2013

Deepening the U.S.-India Partnership

State dinner for President in IndiaFocusing on energy, infrastructure, and security are three ways the two nations can cooperate for the good of both economies and regional political stability.

By Richard Verma and Caroline Wadhams | Friday, October 26, 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

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

U.S. Should Preserve Gains and Prevent Further Bloodshed

Caroline Wadhams argues that the United States should continue withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and ensure, to the extent possible, a peaceful and sustainable transition to Afghan lead.

By Caroline Wadhams | Friday, March 16, 2012

Absorbing the Latest Afghan Tragedy

Caroline Wadhams cautions policymakers in Washington to look past this most recent setback in Afghanistan after a swift accounting of what occurred.

By Caroline Wadhams | Tuesday, March 13, 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