Campaign 2012: Afghanistan and Pakistan Policy
The winner of this year’s presidential election will face major policy decisions on a wide range of issues. One of them is how to craft a foreign policy strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, two countries beset by development, governance, and security challenges as well as a tense relationship with each other. The increasing political influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the continued existence of al-Qaeda sanctuaries in volatile border areas, and Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities pose an international security threat that extends beyond south Asia.
On February 15, the Campaign 2012 project at Brookings held a public discussion on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the second in a series of forums that will identify and address the 12 most critical issues facing the next president. Charles Hoskinson of POLITICO moderated a panel discussion with Brookings Senior Fellows Michael O’Hanlon, Bruce Riedel, Vanda Felbab-Brown, and Elizabeth Ferris.
After the program, panelists took questions from the audience.
Download papers from the event:
- Maximizing Chances for Success in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Michael E. O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel
- The Afghanistan Challenge: A Government that Serves the Afghan People, by Vanda Felbab-Brown
- The Afghanistan–Pakistan Challenge: Meeting Humanitarian Needs, by Elizabeth Ferris
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[John Bolton’s statement that the North Koreans “have not lived up to the commitments” made in Singapore] totally cuts Secretary of State Pompeo and the special representative, Steve Biegun, at the knees. What is the incentive for North Korea to actually talk about the meat-and-potatoes of denuclearization with the special representative and with the secretary of state if the national security adviser has said nothing is happening so we have to go straight to the top?