About the Author: Dan Feldman serves as the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Department of State.
In Afghanistan, the Administration has implemented three mutually reinforcing surges — military, civilian and diplomatic — to fulfill the national security imperative of ensuring that Afghanistan never again serves as a safe haven for al-Qaida.
We are committed to learning the lessons of history and avoiding the kind of precipitous pullout that can fuel instability. We are now in the execution phase of our strategy. We expect some continuing challenges along the way, but we are achieving the goals we set in each of these three surges — fighting, talking and building all at once.
Just two weeks ago, a Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed that provides a comprehensive framework… more »