The Challenges and the Benefits for U.S. National Security of Providing Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan

An overview of testimony by Laurel E. Miller presented before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, on May 9, 2018.

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  • Testimony

    A Path Forward for U.S. Government Spending in Afghanistan

    May 9, 2018

    For more than 16 years, U.S. assistance to Afghanistan has been enormous in scale and complexity. But how effective is U.S. spending when it comes to building a stable democracy in Afghanistan? How can the United States reduce its financial commitment while mitigating risks?

  • Commentary

    Is America Ready for a Peace Deal in Afghanistan?

    Apr 27, 2018

    The Trump administration appears to be following its predecessor in imagining a political endgame in Afghanistan. It is focused on military efforts to try to turn the tide of the conflict, in hopes of negotiating from a stronger position. But if all sides continue to seek military advantage, negotiations will never commence.

  • Commentary

    President Trump's Recommitment to Nation-Building in Afghanistan

    Aug 30, 2017

    In his speech on Afghanistan, President Trump maintained his stance against nation-building. But like President Obama's policy, the refreshed approach hinges on the U.S. developing Afghan government capabilities to fight the Taliban, provide for the country's long-term security, and serve as a counterterrorism partner.

  • Commentary

    What Afghanistan Needs to Move Forward: A Political Solution

    Aug 24, 2017

    Although the U.S. military's role in maintaining stability has been crucial, a real solution needs to consider Afghan politics first. The United States and the international community should push for parliamentary elections to build confidence between the government and the people.