Afghanistan, Central Asia, and U.S./NATO and Russia: Four New Carnegie Council Papers

Aug 17, 2009

On the eve of the Afghan elections, the Carnegie Council's U.S. Global Engagement Program presents a set of four papers—two by Americans, two by Russians—covering U.S./NATO-Russia cooperation on Afghanistan and Central Asia.Program director David C. Speedie notes that four major points emerge from the spirited discussion in these papers:
  • The U.S./NATO and Russia have clear and urgent common interests in promoting long-term stability in Afghanistan, yet cooperation between Russia and the West is "episodic," rather than strategic or systematic.
  • Afghanistan must be seen, not in isolation, but in a broader Central Asian context.
  • Afghanistan is now, as one author puts it, "Obama's War."
  • Although the Russian and American authors see NATO very differently, all agree that the very future of NATO may be viewed through the Afghan lens. Indeed, current challenges may render NATO obsolete in its present form.
The four papers are as follows: This is the second set of papers resulting from a joint project with the Moscow-based Institute for United States and Canada Studies (ISKRAN), the most established and prestigious of Russia’s think tanks devoted to bilateral relations.

The first set of four papers are on U.S.-Russian Arms Control Priorities.

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