In one year, Karzai will leave office. Around that same time, America’s formal commitments to Afghanistan will end. That’s a mistake. A guarantee that the United States will maintain a presence in Afghanistan after 2014 is not just important for the future; it could have significant effects right now.
This concern has led Chinese policymakers to consider engagement with elements of the Taliban, in an effort to induce them to scale back their perceived support for Uighur separatist groups, such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta arrived with U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder at NATO Headquarters in Brussels this morning to lead the U.S. Delegation at his final NATO Defense Ministers meeting.
Secretary Panetta began his day by meeting with General Joseph Dunford, the new…
U.S. Army Soldiers with Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, walk along the top of a grape row during a dismounted patrol at Shubazai, Afghanistan, Feb. 7, 2013.