2Cene fo Ameican Poge | realignmen: Managing a sable taniion o Afghan reponibiliy
conrol by 2014 a he laes. A reducion in roop levels and assisance shouldoccur more rapidly, however, i Aghanisan’s governmen does no begin a seriousprocess o poliical reorm and dialogue wih is armed and unarmed opponens.o be sure, an acceleraed wihdrawal would have coss—many o which he Aghan people would have o bear. I is no an ideal approach by ar. Bu heUnied Saes can proec is core securiy ineress wih a reduced miliary presence in Aghanisan. And wihou shis in he curren poliical srucure in Aghanisan i will be simply uile or he Unied Saes and is NAO allies o wage coninued war on behal o a governmen ha canno consolidae domesicpoliical suppor wihou indefnie massive inernaional assisance.
Transitioning to a viable end state in Afghanistan
Te Unied Saes, wih is NAO-ISAF parners, mus prioriize measures hacan induce poliical and economic reorms on he par o he Aghan governmenin order o manage a measured drawdown in Aghanisan over he nex hree years. Beyond 2014, he Unied Saes may oer Aghanisan fnancial supporand mainain a small miliary orce o underake argeed atacks agains errorisgroups, conduc inelligence gahering, and provide raining o Aghan NaionalSecuriy Forces.Te ask or he Obama adminisraion hrough he remainder o is frs ermin oce is redirecing is diplomaic, fnancial, and miliary resources oward asusainable setlemen in Aghanisan in which he Unied Saes can ransiionresponsibiliy o Aghan leaders wihou sparking an expanded round o conic.Bu a sel-susaining sae in Aghanisan capable o surviving a drawdown in large-scale inernaional assisance requires a poliical sysem ha oers he diverseacions in Aghanisan’s sociey—including hose backing he curren govern-men, hose aking par in armed insurgency, and hose siting on he ence—anopporuniy o paricipae in heir counry’s uure.Te Unied Saes and is parners in NAO, Kabul, and he region should work oward he ollowing goals in order o achieve a sable, increasingly sel-relian Aghan sae:
An Aghan sae ha delegaes more power, resources, appoinmens, and jusiceo he local level and o oher ceners o power such as he parliamen and judiciary in order o creae a more balanced power dynamic han wha currenly exiss
The task orthe Obamaadministrationthrough theremainder o itsrst term in ofceis redirectingits diplomatic,nancial,and militaryresources towarda sustainablesettlement inAghanistan.