September 26, 2012
The Afghan troop surge has ended and full U.S. military involvement is to sunset in 2014, leaving a fragile security situation and questions about the U.S. role, says CFR’s Max Boot.
March 16, 2012
The killing of Afghan civilians and the Taliban’s suspension of peace talks have complicated the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. CFR’s Stephen Biddle discusses U.S. choices.
June 24, 2011
President Obama should have used his speech on the Afghanistan troop drawdown to confirm the long-term commitment of U.S. forces in the region, to signal an enduring, robust U.S. presence in troubled…
October 2, 2009
Richard Haass considers new approaches to the war in Afghanistan and emphasizes the importance of Pakistan is curtailing terrorism.
December 17, 2010
The Taliban needs to be convinced of a firm U.S. commitment in Afghanistan before it will negotiate a settlement, says CFR’s Stephen Biddle, and any deal will have to also involve the Pakistani, U.S…
October 1, 2010
Crucial to the success of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan is dealing with the country’s "predatory misgovernance," says CFR’s Stephen Biddle. Targeting U.S. contracting practices is a good place to s…
June 30, 2010
Pakistan’s latest moves to exert influence in Afghanistan, including possible brokering of talks with militant Taliban allies, could pose difficulties for U.S. stabilization efforts, says CFR’s Danie…
December 1, 2009
CFR’s top defense policy expert Stephen Biddle says President Obama’s announcement of a date for U.S. forces to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan could draw fire from wary Democrats, but also convey…
June 18, 2010
While senior military officials are urging support for Afghanistan operations, Afghans are fearful about the Kandahar offensive and uncertain about U.S. plans to start withdrawing troops in July 2011…
October 18, 2010
Increased military pressure and reassurances by the United States that it will not pull out of Afghanistan in July 2011 are keys to successful negotiations with the Taliban, says CFR’s Max Boot.