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Bilateral Security Agreement

Administration Should Speed, Not Slow, Military Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Roughly half of the 10,600 American troops were supposed to leave by the end of the year, with the rest scheduled to depart in 2016. But the administration has cancelled this year's withdrawal. Carter said he wanted to "make sure this progress sticks."

General Elections in Afghanistan - Possible Portents

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

Unless something really untoward happens, the recent election will be the precursor of a peaceful transfer of power in modern Afghan history, which has had its share of coups and assassinations.

Eyes Off the Afghan Election

Adam Cohen | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Adam Cohen

Just because the odds are against a successful outcome in Afghanistan does not mean the United States should wash its hands of it now.

Afghanistan Exit Strategy: How Bilateral Is the Security Agreement

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

All parties in this conflict including the U.S., Afghan, and Pakistani governments and their battlefield adversaries are complicit in undermining peace.

Don't Give Up on Afghanistan Before Karzai's Next Pirouette

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Laurenti

Karzai's public jousting with Washington over the accord may have raised his stature with the Afghan public, disproving the hoary Taliban claim he is just a U.S. puppet. It has certainly focused Afghans on the real dangers of going it alone.

Afghanistan Can Use a Strong Dose of Morale Optimism

Sharif Azami | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Sharif Azami

If America wants a strong Afghanistan, the priorities for stable Afghanistan are straight forward and cost effective.

Time to Leave Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai Gives Washington a Welcome Shove

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans have been fighting in Afghanistan for longer than the Civil War, World War I, and World War II combined. America has overstayed its welcome. It's time to go home.

Afghanistan Agreement Put In Jeopardy

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Dylan Welch and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has rejected a provision of a U.S.-Afghan se...

Why President Karzai Has to Sign the Bilateral Security Agreement

Hamid M. Saboory | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Hamid M. Saboory

Building an equal relationship with Pakistan and Iran must be Afghanistan's top regional political strategy until there is visible, serious and honest commitment in support of peace efforts and lasting stability.

No Immunity for US Troops: Why Hamid Karzai Punted to Loya Jirga

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Immunity for U.S. troops post-2014 isn't going to happen. It's a political non-starter. No Afghan presidential candidate, queuing for the April 2014 elections, can support it, nor do the Afghan people want immunity for foreign troops.