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Despite Kunduz Tragedy, U.S. Must Resist Impulse to Abandon Afghanistan

Following horrific U.S. bombing of a hospital in the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan, many may find that their first impulse is to be critical of U.S. military involvement in the country. However, as TCF fellow Michael Cohen writes, "even in light of the Kunduz tragedy," a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan is the best policy option for the Afghan governement and people.

So in the wake of the Kunduz tragedy, instead of engaging in reflexive reactions, we should be asking ourselves hard questions that lack easy answers. Is the threat from the Taliban, in terms of regional stability, one that the United States can simply ignore? The Kunduz hospital bombing notwithstanding, is the threat to Afghan civilians greater from the United States and the Afghan government or greater from the Taliban? Actually we know the answer to that, as 70 percent of civilians killed in Afghanistan are slain by the Taliban or other anti-government forces.

Read Cohen's discussion of the U.S. military's role in Afghanistan at World Politics Review.

The Aftermath of Turkey’s Elections: The Curse of d’Hondt

During the Turkish elections last Sunday, Turkey’s ruling party, AKP, lost its majority after more than a decade in power—causing upset to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to usher Turkey toward a presidential system and establish himself as the undisputed leader.


Wake Up, Pakistan: A Recap

May 26, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Addressing Challenges in the Afghanistan - Pakistan Region

Publically launched at events held in both Washington, D.C., and Islamabad, Wake Up, Pakistan—a report authored by The Century Foundation's International Working Group on Pakistan—has received coverage in various publications.


Pakistan, Afghanistan Should Work Against Anti-state Elements

The Century Foundation launched its report, Wake Up, Pakistan, this week in Islamabad. Speakers at the event included Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Pakistan's former foreign secretary Riaz Khokhar, Ambassador Ann Wilkens, Ambassador Cameron Munter, and other prominent officials and journalists.

The United States and the international community should use diplomatic, intelligence and military channels to ensure Pakistan and Afghanistan never supported anti-state actors against each other.

This was recommended in a report, “Wake up Pakistan” prepared by the Country Foundation International Working Group on Pakistan. The launching ceremony of the report was organised by the Centre for Research and Security Studies at a local restaurant on Tuesday.

Read more on the event in Dawn.

Tags: report, pakistan, afghanistan

Pakistan Cannot Exist without Sectarian Harmony, Warn Experts

Last week, The Century Foundation released a new report on Pakistan at an event held in Washington, D.C. Dawn, Pakistan's oldest and most widely read English-language newspaper, covered the launch, reporting on the highlights from panelists' discussion.

“The absence of rule of law lies at the heart of many problems Pakistan faces now,” he said. “This is the biggest threat.”

Read more about the event and the conversations it sparked here.

Tags: report, pakistan, china

Jago Pakistan / Wake Up, Pakistan: The Report of The Century Foundation International Working Group on Pakistan

Jago Pakistan / Wake Up, Pakistan
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By Thomas R. Pickering, Working Group Chair

TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Addressing Challenges in the Afghanistan - Pakistan Region

Pakistan is at a crossroads—can it rise to the challenge of confronting militancy, a lagging economy, and multiple governance failures?

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