Truman National Security Project


The Importance of the Election in Afghanistan

With Afghanistan’s presidential elections approaching, the international community is focused on technical aspects of transparency at the ballot box. The real question, though, is whether democracy can triumph in any limited sense over the inertia of President Karzai’s rule. Afghanistan’s prospects for real change are dim and flickering, and Karzai is unlikely to cede power […]

US News: Stuck Between a Rock and the ‘Zero Option’

In an article to the US News, Truman Fellow Rebecca Zimmerman examines the possiblity of US forces withdrawing from Afghanistan without leaving a contingency force, as well as what is potentially keeping President Karzai from signing the force agreement. In a remote corner of Afghanistan, at the edge of their government’s writ, many Afghan soldiers […]

The Zero Option Approaches

Earlier today, the White House provided a readout of President Barack Obama’s phone call with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.  During the call, President Obama noted that he has instructed the Pentagon to ensure that there are “adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year” should the United States […]

Rudaw: Is Hamid Karazai Afghanistan’s Nuri Maliki?

Scott Bates, President of the Center for National Policy and Senior Advisor at the Truman National Security Project, discusses the future of Afghanistan in this interview with Rudaw. Throughout the interview, Scott Bates discusses the recent political actions taken by Hamid Karazai, examining what they mean to the stability of Afghanistan in the years to […]

The Karzai We Need

Some senior diplomats have called Afghan President Hamid Karzai the most difficult leader the United States has dealt with in modern times. In fairness, Afghanistan itself may be one of the most complex and unforgiving political environments any leader can ever have to deal with. And deal with him they must. Since 2010 when, at […]