Join Aaron David Miller as he sits down with Brett McGurk, the President’s point person on the Middle East to discuss these and other issues.
Afghanistan has been caught in a four-decade-long cycle of state collapse. In that time, five regimes have been overthrown and replaced by subsequent governments that each resembled the last, with the same centralized political institutions that have characterized the Afghan state’s modern existence.
The United States has a reputational interest and a moral obligation in vigorously joining efforts to help the Afghan people preserve at least some of the social and economic gains made over the last twenty years.
Join Aaron David Miller as he sits down with leading experts Rachel Kleinfeld and Frances Brown to discuss the state of democracy and the path forward in advance of the summit.
The United States bears a great deal of the responsibility for the situation in Afghanistan, but the EU should also reflect on how its overly narrow conception of democracy contributed to the shortcomings of Afghan reconstruction efforts.
There is a single overarching problem that is at the root of what the world has seen of U.S. engagement in Afghanistan and elsewhere. It is the failure on the part of the United States to demonstrate strategic patience .
The United States and its Arab partners overemphasize political Islam to the detriment of other anti-authoritarian trends in the Arab world. The Taliban’s return in Afghanistan shouldn’t further entrench this belief.
This winter, however, an even worse catastrophe could unfold: Afghanistan’s economy is in ruins, and millions of Afghans are suffering from a lack of food and other basic needs, even as parts of the country remain wracked by violence.
One major pillar of the international community’s diplomatic and development engagement in Afghanistan over the past two decades centered on strengthening subnational governance.