FPI Resources on Afghanistan and the Strategic Partnership Agreement

May 3, 2012

During a surprise visit to Afghanistan this week, President Obama unveiled a new bilateral Strategic Partnership Agreement.  Under the pact, Washington will help Afghanistan to develop its economy, and protect its internal and external security through 2024.  Kabul correspondingly promises to improve government accountability and transparency, and protect the human rights of all its citizens.  Although the agreement permits the United States to keep military forces for training and counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan beyond 2014, it remains unclear how large of a troop presence will remain—or how many more of the 68,000 troops currently in the country will be withdrawn in the next year.

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is continuing to monitor the situation in Afghanistan, and believes policymakers and lawmakers will find the following resources informative as they debate future U.S. involvement in the country.


FPI Resources
  • [Video] – Bickering Over Bin Laden – FPI Director Dan Senor – MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd – May 1, 2012
  • Losing Afghanistan? – FPI Executive Director Jamie Fly and Gary Schmitt – The Weekly Standard – December 3, 2011
Government Resources
Additional Resources
  • Obama in Kabul – Editorial – Wall Street Journal (subscription required) – May 1, 2012
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