Afghan security forces arrive at the Kunduz airport (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani).

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Blood and hope in Afghanistan: A June 2015 update

May 26, 2015, Vanda Felbab-Brown

As the United States tries to wind down its military participation in Afghanistan’s counterinsurgency after more than a decade of struggles against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Afghanistan’s future remains precarious at best, writes Vanda Felbab-Brown, with fundamental structural problems of the new power-sharing government, and rising insecurity presenting major challenges. Military operations should be directed in a way that can positively impact negotiations with the Taliban, argues Felbab-Brown, and campaign promises to improve governance and fight corruption, thus far unfulfilled, remain critical for the sustainability of the Afghan state and the basic political dispensation in the country.

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