Senior U.S. officials briefed more than two dozen policy experts at USIP this week on President Trump's new Afghanistan policy. They sketched out a plan that aims for “a political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban that protects vital U.S. national security interests.” The approach supplements stepped up U.S. military assistance and other aid with influence from a range of regional and global players, especially Pakistan and India but also China, NATO and other international allies and partners.
|USIP’s Andrew Wilder, Scott Worden and other experts sat down with journalists to discuss what might change—or not—with the administration's new plan for Afghanistan. Their analysis shows how the strategy could correct some previous U.S. errors but risks perpetuating others.||USIP's Shahmahmood Miakhel, in Kabul, explains the reaction of Afghan leaders and others to the new U.S. strategy. He poses two "what if" questions that the U.S. should be prepared to address on Pakistan and on the capacity of the Afghan government.|
|USIP's Scott Worden discusses how the Trump strategy for Afghanistan continues the prior two administrations’ efforts, with three useful tweaks that build on lessons from the past 16 years. Worden stresses that the clear U.S. openness to negotations with the Taliban could be a significant breakthrough in the drive for a negotiated political settlement.||Eventually the U.S. will leave Afghanistan, but doing so in a responsible way requires more than eliminating terrorists through force. USIP's Andrew Wilder spoke with SiriusXM POTUS Ch. 124, emphasizing the need for a political strategy to press for Afghan reforms and persuade Pakistan to curb support for the Taliban.|