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The Right Way Out of Afghanistan

Leaving Behind a State That Can Govern

Authors: Stephen Hadley, and John D. Podesta
July/August 2012
Foreign Affairs


As the United States prepares to exit Afghanistan, it is focusing too much on security, overlooking the political elements of the transition, write two former senior U.S. officials. To leave behind a stable government in 2014, Washington needs to push harder for electoral reforms, negotiations with the Taliban, and a regional settlement involving Pakistan.

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