Nation Building

Task Force Report No. 65

U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan

This Independent Task Force report assesses U.S. objectives, strategy, and policy options in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It supports a long-term partnership with Pakistan, calls for a new approach to Afghan political reform, reconciliation, and regional diplomacy, and says that a more limited U.S. mission in Afghanistan would be warranted if the present strategy does not show signs of progress. This report is also available in Italian.

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Transcript

Media Conference Call: Fidel Castro and Cuba

Speakers: Julia E. Sweig and Jeffrey Goldberg
Presider: Deborah Jerome

Following a recent trip to Cuba, Julia Sweig, Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent for The Atlantic Magazine, address questions from listeners.

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Must Read

NYT: Nation Building Works

Author: David Brooks

David Brooks writes that progress on Iraq's economic growth, basic security, and political and legal institutions shows U.S. nation building efforts in Iraq have worked.

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Analysis Brief

Giving Kabul the Keys

Author: Greg Bruno

International endorsement of a plan to hand security responsibilities to Afghan forces in 2014 indicates NATO's military commitment is not open-ended. But meeting the deadline amid ongoing Afghan governance issues could prove challenging.

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Interview

Colombia: Moving Beyond 'Narco-Democracy'

Cynthia Arnson interviewed by Deborah Jerome

Colombian presidential candidate Antanas Mockus has generated surprising support for his campaign of transparency and change, but the winner will need to reassure voters that security improvements will continue, says expert Cynthia Arnson.

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