Can NATO Rethink its Exit Strategy from Afghanistan?

CIPS Policy Brief No.16, March 2012. By STEVE COLL, New America Foundation. The NATO transition plan for Afghanistan is based on faulty assumptions and must be rethought before time runs out. The international community must invest in a successful political transition in 2014, lest fraudulent elections lead to renewed civil conflict in Afghanistan. Canada and

CIPS Policy Brief No.16, March 2012.
By STEVE COLL, New America Foundation.

  • The NATO transition plan for Afghanistan is based on faulty assumptions and must be rethought before time runs out.
  • The international community must invest in a successful political transition in 2014, lest fraudulent elections lead to renewed civil conflict in Afghanistan.
  • Canada and other NATO allies have the opportunity to exercise leadership in spurring consideration of an exit strategy that will better promote the shared security of Afghanistan and the West.

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Steve Coll is president of New America Foundation and a contributor at The New Yorker magazine. This Policy Brief is based on a public lecture delivered at CIPS on February 27, 2012.

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