July 02, 2020

Bounties Uproar Casts a Shadow Over a Rare Trump Foreign Policy Achievement

Featuring Richard Fontaine

Source: The New York Times

Journalist Michael Crowley

For a president with few tangible foreign policy accomplishments under his belt, Afghanistan had come to look something like a bright spot.

His nuclear talks with North Korea have proved fruitless; his “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has produced no concessions from Tehran; Palestinians declared his Middle East peace plan dead on arrival; and a trade deal with China looks more unlikely every day.

But while President Trump has not achieved his goal of a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan, he has drawn down thousands of U.S. troops and struck a deal with the Taliban intended to pave the way for a complete exit and an end to the 19-year conflict.

Read the full story and more in The New York Times.


  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...