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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

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

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