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 the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as President of CNAS from 2012-19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009-12...