Over the last couple of years, the gap between the Russian and U.S. strategies in Afghanistan has grown. Russia increasingly believes that the U.S. approach isn’t working and is convinced that it must be prepared to deal with an unstable Afghanistan on its own.
On August 21, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his new strategy toward South Asia, highlighting the administration’s concerns regarding the threat of terrorism in the region.
The search for a political compromise between the actors of the conflict must be central to U.S. efforts to withdraw from Afghanistan.
The Trump administration’s strategy in Afghanistan can at best preserve the Afghan regime, share the financial burden with its partners, and mitigate Pakistan’s interference.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent visit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi is the latest affirmation of both countries’ shift to a deeper bilateral partnership.
Afghanistan’s upcoming district council elections must be accompanied by further reforms to local government, recognizing the realities and limitations of Afghan politics.
The unyielding antagonism between India and Pakistan remains one of the greatest tragedies of Asian politics.
India should focus on shaping the outcomes of the U.S.-Pakistan negotiations, since those talks will not only influence the situation in Afghanistan but could also have significant implications for the subcontinent as a whole.
India will inevitably have to do more in Afghanistan, since the United States will not bear the security burden forever. Any substantive India-U.S. strategic coordination, however, could presage a major change in the regional politics of South Asia.