Afghanistan

Analysis Brief

A Blow to al-Qaeda

Author: Deborah Jerome

The death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a U.S. operation in Pakistan marks a triumph for the United States, although the lasting impact on the U.S.-led "war on terror" is uncertain.

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Analysis Brief

Security Transition in Afghanistan

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

Afghan security forces will start taking over some areas from NATO in July, but questions persist about the competence of those forces. Analysts say an effective transition requires emphasis on political reforms and anti-corruption measures.

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Analysis Brief

Afghanistan's Unpromising Elections

Author: Greg Bruno

Although violence in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections this weekend could be a setback for U.S. efforts, some experts see an opportunity for change if the elections lead to serious conversations about corruption and accountability.

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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.

See more in Afghanistan; Nation Building