06 March 2014

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Former Associate Director Celeste Ward Gventer appeared in a recent edition of the New York Times'  "Room for Debate," weighing in on how the international community can minimize the risk of a terrorist resurgence in Afghanistan after the U.S. and NATO pull out all troops from the region. Gventer explains that although the lack of troops in Afghanistan will naturally limit U.S. potential to address terrorism, this will not necessarily directly lead to an increase in terrorist activity. For her, operational requirements will now depend on how the region adapts to the departure of troops. Diplomacy will therefore play a central role in the country's stabilization. For example, India and Pakistan now seem to be recognizing the importance of strengthening cooperation (among themselves as well as bilaterally with the U.S.) to pursue the mutual interest of a stable Afghanistan.