US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations releases report on efficacy of civilian aid in Afghanistan

Today, Chairman John Kerry and the Majority Staff of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations released a report on the efficacy of civilian aid in Afghanistan. The report, Evaluating U.S. Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan, is the result of a two year investigation of U.S. foreign assistance to Afghanistan, focusing on money appropriated to the State Department and USAID. The recommendations for the Obama administration to consider as it prepares for the beginning of the withdrawal of U.S. forces next month and the transition to Afghan security forces in 2014 include: 1) “Consider[ing] authorizing a multi-year civilian assistance strategy for Afghanistan,” 2) “re-evaluate[ing] the performance of stabilization programs in conflict zones,” and 3) “focus[ing] on sustainability” of aid and assistance programs.

If you would like to read the full report, click here to download the .pdf.  Feel free to post your comments!

One thought on “US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations releases report on efficacy of civilian aid in Afghanistan

  1. Harry Blaney June 11, 2011 / 7:34 PM

    There us little doubt that this report is making a big impact on the debate about the future engagement of the U.S. in Afghanistan. The key issue is how to disengage our military operation and yet still create a situation in the region that deals with terrorism, deals with the Afghan-Pakistan larger problem including the nuclear dangers, and provides some kind of security for all the actors in the region — not least the people in Afghanistan. That is a tall order.

    We will look soon in a new post in RNS on the ideas in an op-ed of Henry Kissinger that was in the Washington Post on the future of Afghanistan. The key to any decision on troops requires a clear understanding of the final outcome we are seeking. There is little doubt that we will withdraw our forces over time starting this summer but the question is how to do it and use our non-military tools, especially diplomacy to create some kind of regional stability

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