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26

DECEMBER 2014

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

E ective U.S. leadership is more

important than ever in Afghanistan.

What policies should we adopt to help

as Afghans take the reins of their

own country?

BY DAV I D SEDNEY

David Sedney is a senior fellow (non-resident) at the At-

lantic Council’s South Asia Center and a senior associate

(non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and Internation-

al Studies. He was deputy assistant secretary of Defense

for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia from 2009 to

2013 and deputy assistant secretary of Defense for East Asia from 2007 to

2009. Earlier he served in a variety of Foreign Service postings, including

as chargé d’a aires ad interim and deputy chief of mission at Embassy

Kabul and as DCM in Baku and Beijing. He also served as director for

Afghanistan at the National Security Council in 2003.

A

fghanistan has changed profoundly

since the United States went into

that country in the fall of 2001. We

have kept the country from being

used again as a base to launch

attacks on the United States, and

made a decent start on building a

new, professional Afghan Army. In

addition, Afghans are much better

o today in many sectors, ranging from health and education

FIVE THINGS

WE CAN STILL GET RIGHT

FOCUS ON AFGHANISTAN