Video: Afghanistan after the Drawdown: U.S. Civilian Engagement Post-2014

  • May 7, 2014
    Duration: 01:30:40
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    Gerald (“Jerry”) Hyman
    President, Hills Program on Governance, and Senior Advisor CSIS

    Marc Grossman
    Vice-Chairman, The Cohen Group and
     former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

    Ronald Neumann
    President, American Academy of Diplomacy and
    former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

    Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman
    Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, CSIS


    Roderick Hills
    Chairman, Hills Program on Governance, CSIS and
    Partner, Hills & Morley LLP

    After the 2014 military drawdown, the U.S. will still have a very large civilian assistance program in Afghanistan, even if it does not meet its $1B/year pledge. So too will other bilateral and multi-lateral donors. What objectives should those programs have and what strategy for achieving them? In “Afghanistan after the Drawdown: U.S. Civilian Engagement in Afghanistan Post-2014” (, Jerry Hyman argues that the strategy should be based on three possible scenarios (optimistic, pessimistic, and muddling-through), each of which will be primarily determined by the levels of security, governance, and economic growth, in that order. Everything else will be secondary. USAID and other assistance providers should design their programs and priorities accordingly to maximize, to the extent possible, the prospects for Afghanistan’s stability and success.

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