As the United States and NATO prepare to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan in 2014, the question remains as to what sort of political settlement the Afghanistan government and the Taliban can reach in order to achieve sustainable peace. If all parties are willing to strike a deal, how might the negotiations be structured, and what might the shape of that deal be? Getting It Right in Afghanistan addresses the real drivers of the insurgency and how Afghanistan's neighbors can contribute to peace in the region.
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Scott Smith is the deputy director for USIP's Afghanistan program. Formerly at the United Nations, he is the author of Afghanistan's Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping and the 2004 Presidential Election. Moeed Yusuf is director of South Asia programs at USIP. He has taught at Boston University and Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan and has previously been affiliated with the Brookings Institution and the Harvard Kennedy School. A former research analyst at the Center for American Progress, Colin Cookman is a research contractor for USIP. He also served as a member of Democracy International's election observation team during the 2010 parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.