Dorronsoro: Refocus US Afghanistan Aid to Peaceful Areas

    Development aid to Afghanistan should be redistributed from war-torn areas to the country's more peaceful regions, Gilles Dorronsoro writes in a report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Dorronsoro, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, writes that this move is an essential component of what he says would be a new and more effective U.S. strategy for the conflict-torn Asian country.

    Dorronsoro also suggests that the U.S. should reduce the number of consultants and experts, who the author says are often overpaid, as well as pose limitations on the subcontractor system in order to make its aid program for Afghanistan more transparent and effective.

    Other components of the new Afghanistan strategy proposed by Dorronsoro include securing key cities and roads that are necessary to rebuild the country, redistribute troops to the north where there is a higher chance of success in controlling the Taliban, and building the size and capacity of the country's army in an effort to make it a more active partner.

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