Reports suggest that Donald Trump is close to writing off Afghanistan as a lost cause. Instead, the U.S. needs a comprehensive rethinking of its strategy, starting from one paramount objective: that Afghanistan not be a base for international terrorism. A sustainable approach to attain this just may be possible.
We are used to thinking and speaking about a nation state in the global arena as an actor with a coherent agenda, voice and infrastructure for pursuing its policy preferences. Six months into the Trump administration, it has become clear that “the United States” no longer exists in the sense of this usage.