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Preparing for the Upcoming Afghan Political Transition Article
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at a press conference during a ceremony at a military academy on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Preparing for the Upcoming Afghan Political Transition

The 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.

Caroline Wadhams, John Podesta

Afghanistan Beyond 2014: Elections, Political Settlement, Reforms Article
 (Afghan President Hamid Karzai)

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.

Caroline Wadhams

Managing Afghanistan’s Political Transition Between Now and 2014 Article
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, right, during their joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, December 13, 2012. (AP/Susan Walsh)

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.

Caroline Wadhams

Setting the Terms for a Long-Term U.S.-Afghanistan Partnership Article
President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shake hands after making statements before signing a strategic partnership agreement at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

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.

Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman

Absorbing the Latest Afghan Tragedy Article
Anar Gul gestures to the body of her grandchild, who was killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP/Allauddin Khan)

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.

Caroline Wadhams

Time for Afghan Political Settlement Talks Article
Afghans shout slogans during an anti-United States protest over burning of Korans at a military base in Afghanistan. (AP/ Rahmat Gul)

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.

Colin Cookman, Caroline Wadhams

Decision Time in Afghanistan Article
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, watches as Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 4, 2011. (AP/Jason Reed)

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.

Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman

After bin Laden Article
President Barack Obama reads his statement to photographers after making a televised statement on the death of Osama bin Laden from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, May 1, 2011. Osama bin Laden’s death clarifies that the United States has the ability  to protect U.S. interests independent of Afghan and Pakistani  cooperation. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

After bin Laden

Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman explore U.S. options in the two nations in the wake of the killing of Al Qaeda’s leader.

Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman

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