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Turning the Tide on Afghanistan Report
A boy makes traditional sweets at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

Turning the Tide on Afghanistan

The Afghanistan national unity government’s visit to Washington offers an opportunity to reinvigorate the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship by using U.S. and international assistance to bolster Afghanistan’s own reform agenda.

Ariella Viehe, Aarthi Gunasekaran

Afghans Find Their Way Report
 (Afghan candidate supporters)

Afghans Find Their Way

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.

Caroline Wadhams

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

Afghanistan Transition Report
The United States must strike the right balance between providing enduring support and continuing the ongoing transition to Afghan responsibility. (AP/ S. Sabawoon)

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.

Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis

Afghanistan’s Political Future Video

Afghanistan’s Political Future

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

Colin Cookman

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