Afghanistan: Cut Losses or Double Down?

Plan B in Afghanistan: Why a De Facto Partition Is the Least Bad Option
by Robert D. Blackwill
After so many years of faulty U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, there are no quick, easy, or cost-free ways to escape the current quagmire. Although it has problems, a de facto partition of Afghanistan, in which Washington pursues nation building in the north and counterterrorism in the south, offers an acceptable fallback.

Finish the Job: How the War in Afghanistan Can Be Won
by Paul D. Miller
Since 2001, Afghanistan's economy has grown at an impressive rate and major development indicators in the country have improved dramatically. Even security and the rule of law -- long neglected -- are now improving. Washington and its allies could still win in Afghanistan if they are given the time they need.