Commentary – Afghanistan: The Real World Choices in Staying or Leaving

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 19, 2013

Center for Strategic and International Studies – Afghanistan: The Real World Choices in Staying or Leaving, by Anthony H. Cordesman – May 16, 2013

  • “The reality is that no one knows how many aid pledges will be kept or how much aid is needed simply to provide economic stability for the elite that governs and provides security, to meet popular expectations in heavily populated areas, and limit the ability of the Taliban to take advantage of the situation and return to exploiting the narco-economy. The United States, its allies, and the Afghan government all need to honestly assess the risks involved, be ready to provide aid to help Afghanistan through the transition, and focus on building stability and popular support in a wartime economy.”
  • By the same author, see also The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition–Volume I: The Challenges of Leadership and Governance; The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition–Volume II: Afghan Economics and Outside Aid; The Afghan War in 2013: Meeting the Challenges of Transition–Volume III: Security and the ANSF
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