On April 22, the United States and Afghanistan completed the initial drafts of a strategic partnership agreement that will outline the U.S.’s role in Afghanistan beyond the withdrawal of combat troops at the end of 2014. The agreement comes after months of negotiations.
In April 2012, Afghan President Hamid Karzai approved new governor appointments for Sar-e Pul, Logar, Uruzgan, and Farah provinces.
As U.S. policymakers debate how to draw down involvement in Afghanistan, a number of challenges remain. Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War have closely examined two critical issues, the negotiations for the release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay and the reforms needed to run a fair presidential election in 2014.
In an effort to bring the war in Afghanistan to a swift conclusion, the Obama administration is trying to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
The Afghan government must make substantial improvements to the electoral process to successfully hold its next presidential election in 2014.
On Tuesday and Thursday, General John Allen, the commander of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, testified before the House and Senate Armed Services Committee.