February 14, 2017

Focused engagement: A realistic way forward in Afghanistan

By Christopher D. Kolenda

The United States can succeed in Afghanistan, but only by letting go of the fantasy that destroying the Taliban is the only way to win.

In his February 9 Congressional testimony, General John Nicholson described the war as a stalemate. He requested additional troops for advising the Afghan army. The Trump administration should meet this request, but only with a serious change in strategy.

The war is stalemated but not at a standstill. Neither the Taliban nor the Afghan government are going to force the other to capitulate, provided external support continues for each.

Read the full article at The Hill.

  • Podcast
    • July 2, 2021
    Iran Deal Return Increasingly Uncertain

    Elisa Catalano Ewers joins The Warcast to discuss the series of strikes exchanged in Iraq and Syria and their diplomatic ramifications. Listen to the full episode from The Wa...

    By Elisa Catalano Ewers

  • Commentary
    • Foreign Affairs
    • June 21, 2021
    Biden Can Keep the Two-State Solution Alive

    Small details matter a great deal—and they have the potential to become big international headaches....

    By Ilan Goldenberg

  • Reports
    • June 10, 2021
    A People-First U.S. Assistance Strategy for the Middle East

    Executive Summary For the past year, the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has been developing a strategy for rethinking U.S. polic...

    By Ilan Goldenberg, Daphne McCurdy, Kaleigh Thomas & Sydney Scarlata

  • Video
    • June 3, 2021
    Can Gaza be rehabilitated without aiding Hamas?

    The bombs may have stopped falling on Gaza and the rocket fire from there has ceased for now, but Gazans face a huge task of rebuilding. Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middl...

    By Ilan Goldenberg

View All Reports View All Articles & Multimedia