Resources on Afghanistan

March 21, 2012

Recent media reports indicate the Obama administration is considering further withdrawals of U.S. troops from Afghanistan at a steeper rate than it has previously indicated.  General John Allen, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), rejected those reports during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday, but it nonetheless appears that there is strong political pressure in favor of an accelerated drawdown.
The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan, and believes that the number of U.S. and allied troops there must be kept at as high as possible, for as long as possible, in advance of the 2014 transition of lead responsibility to Afghanistan.  The following videos, op-eds, and blog posts can help policymakers assess the situation in Afghanistan, and make clear the need for fully-resourcing America’s counter-insurgency mission there.

FPI Resources

  • Losing Afghanistan?– FPI Executive Director Jamie Fly and Gary Schmitt – The Weekly Standard – December 3, 2011

Additional Resources

  • Mission Incomplete – Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel – Foreign Policy – March 13, 2012
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