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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.

Authors

  • Caroline Wadhams
  • Colin Cookman

The American raid last month that killed Osama bin Laden demands a reassessment of American strategic interests in Afghanistan and how we have been pursuing them over the past nine-and-a- half years. The most important aspect of the American relationship with Afghanistan today is the strategic partnership agreement currently under negotiation with Kabul. Despite the fact that this agreement will determine our military and economic assistance for years to come in Afghanistan, it remains out of the public debate. The administration hopes to sign this agreement before U.S. troops begin withdrawing next month, but the urge to sign a deal before then means the United States risks prematurely ceding what bargaining power it has with Kabul without receiving meaningful commitments in return.

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Authors

Caroline Wadhams

Senior Fellow

Colin Cookman

Policy Analyst