In his address to the nation Monday, August 21, President Donald Trump articulated a new vision for the way forward for the United States in Afghanistan, and the broader region as a whole. This approach included a recommitment to security in the region, holding partners accountable for their actions and building strong relationships with those with whom the United States shares common interests. Dr. James Carafano released the following statement in response to the president's address, and the shift in strategy it highlights:
"An Afghanistan that is free, stable and governable is in America's best interest. Achieving that end can only be achieved with results on the ground--not by a calendar set by political expediency, and it can only be achieved by resetting America’s strategy in South Asia. The president was right to make a commitment to the American people to do the job right, and should remain committed to enhancing security in the region in the coming years."