Assessing U.S. Afghanistan Policy
A Conversation with Senator Carl Levin
Carl Levin discusess U.S. foreign policy toward Afghanistan.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich, delivered a speech entitled "The Way Forward in Afghanistan" to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Experts assess U.S. objectives, strategy, and policy options in Pakistan and Afghanistan; recommendations include a long-term partnership with Pakistan, calls for a new approach to Afghan political reform, reconciliation, and regional diploma; and changing strategy absent progress.
The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan assesses U.S. objectives, strategy, and policy options in the region. It finds that while the challenges are severe, the stakes for the United States are very high. The Task Force supports a long-term partnership with Pakistan, but underscores that it can be sustained only if Pakistan takes action against all terrorist organizations based on its soil. The Task Force offers a qualified endorsement of President Obama's approach to Afghanistan, but says that if the December 2010 review concludes that the present strategy is not working, a shift to a more limited mission would be warranted. The Task Force also emphasizes the need for a new approach to Afghan political reform, reconciliation, and regional diplomacy.