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U.S. Economic Statecraft in South Asia

In a region with more than 1.6 billion people, South Asian nations such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh present both incredible economic opportunity and vast economic challenges. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced the concept of “economic statecraft,” a strategy to channel America’s economic and diplomatic strengths to address these types of challenges. As part of this strategy, public-private partnerships between the U.S. government and private sector investors will play a key role in promoting economic growth and prosperity across the region. How these private companies and governments coordinate their various expertise and resources into a coherent development strategy will contribute to the economic future of the countries of South Asia.

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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.

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Navigating Afghanistan’s Economic Transition

As the United States and its allies reduce their military presence and financial flows to Afghanistan between now and 2014 and beyond, please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on the economic aspects of the transition process featuring a panel of distinguished experts. Our panel will discuss Afghanistan’s economic challenges and potential opportunities for growth, as well as how the international community can assist Afghan leaders in reducing financial dependencies and bolstering Afghanistan’s economy. Moreover, they will discuss the linkages between Afghanistan’s economic realities and its politics, analyzing the impact of international aid on Afghanistan’s political system and how the reduction of international resources will impact stability.

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Managing Afghanistan’s Political Transition Between Now and 2014

As 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.

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Afghanistan Transition

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.

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Afghanistan’s Political Future

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

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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.

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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.

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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.