In today’s Washington Post there is an op-ed piece by Noah and former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ronald Neumann. In particular we point to the need for the international community to brace for corruption and irregularities, but also to maintain a calm response to these eventualities.
U.S. strategic interests will be enormously affected by the outcome of Afghanistan’s presidential elections. With the vote for Hamid Karzai’s replacement looming, as well as elections for provincial councils, it is time to set realistic expectations and make sure our actions relate to our interests. Informed, patient diplomacy by the United States would go far in ensuring that the substantial gains made in Afghanistan over the past decade, at great cost, are not lost due to haste.