PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Realignment–Managing a Stable Transition to Afghan Responsibility

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Washington, D.C.—In a new report on Afghanistan strategy to be released Tuesday, November 23, the Center for American Progress argues that current U.S. efforts in Afghanistan are fundamentally out of balance and are neither advancing U.S. interests nor ensuring a durable peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan or the region. The report calls on the Obama administration to use the upcoming year-end policy review to realign its current efforts in Afghanistan to focus on building an inclusive settlement to the country’s conflict and developing a self-sustaining Afghan state as it transitions U.S. forces out of Afghanistan. It also outlines four key priorities for the U.S. strategy:

  1. The creation of a political reform agenda for the Kabul government and the imposition of clear conditions if that agenda is not implemented
  2. The facilitation of inclusive internal peace talks
  3. An increase in international diplomatic outreach among Afghanistan neighbors
  4. A reduction of the U.S. military footprint and its realignment with the broader political agenda

What: A press call to discuss the current U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.


Caroline Wadhams, Director for South Asia Security Studies, Center for American Progress

Collin Cookman, Research Assistant, Center for American Progress

When: (Note time change) Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at ***9:00 A.M. EST***

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