Sustaining Success in Afghanistan
The Afghan government's willingness to work with its international allies is stronger than ever. It has a historic opportunity, with the support of the United States and Afghanistan's other international partners, to build on the remarkable progress made in the past fourteen years and to pursue peace and stability in a region of immense strategic importance. Failure of Afghanistan and the international community to seize that opportunity would be disastrous for Afghanistan, and dangerous for its neighbors and much of the rest of the world. While the future of Afghanistan is the responsibility of Afghans, continued international commitment is critical. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, the Afghanistan Rising initiative seeks to solidify international support for Afghanistan as the new government takes steps necessary to meet the country's security, development and economic challenges. The initiative will tap into the Atlantic Council's extensive network to convene thought leadership and policy-makers from all over the world to help clarify issues and policy options, to generate public and political support for continued investment, and to sustain and accelerate the momentum required to generate impactful change in the country.
Under the leadership of Ambassador James Cunningham, Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center and the Zalmay Khalilzad Chair, and former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Israel, and the United Nations, the Atlantic Council will convene prominent advisors and experts in order to formulate a compelling and enduring rationale for US strategic interests in Afghanistan in the coming years, and to advocate for strong, sustainable policies based on Afghan performance as well as international support. For all the challenges facing Afghanistan, this is a time of strategic opportunity for Afghans, the United States, and the international community to preserve gains made, and boost prospects for success.