Afghans Don’t Need U.S. Troops. They Need Islands of Stability

CIC non-resident fellow Michael F. Harsch co-authored this article on Foreign Policy, detailing how to build resilient areas in Afghanistan.

"A region-driven approach contrasts with failed attempts by foreign forces to create local “ink spots” of government control in Afghanistan, including the delivery of “government in a box” to newly captured areas. Unlike these, islands of stability already exist or can emerge under local leadership. This stabilization process will be slower yet is more likely to result in lasting change than policies imposed by foreigners on a hostile population."

Read the full article at Foreign Policy here.

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Apr 20, 2021
Michael F. Harsch
Afghanistan