Some of the Pillars of CUSAP

Hamed Wardak founded, along with others, the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP) which works to create stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.  This nonprofit organization includes both American and Afghan citizens working together to promote peace.  They espouse 9 pillars by which their organization is guided.  Here, we will address the first 4 pillars.

  1. Ensure Effective U.S. Assistance: They want U.S. programs in Afghanistan to be correctly targeted to benefit the most people.  These would include training the Afghan National Army and the National Police; reducing the drug trade; working against corruption; providing social services that people can count on such as healthcare, education, water and power; and fostering good governance.
  2. Focus on Regional Solutions: CUSAP believes that Afghanistan will only have sustainable security when it has cooperation with its neighbors.  To this end, they believe that the United States and Afghanistan need close cooperation in getting more involvement from Pakistan.  They should also try to work on gaining cooperation from China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other nations in the area.
  3. A Strong Bilateral Relationship: They believe that the United States needs to continue to support Afghanistan while also demanding better results from the Afghan government.  They want the Unites States and Afghanistan to formalize their partnership with a treaty that will ensure their close partnership, while also preserving Afghanistan’s traditions and sovereignty.
  4. A Strong National Army: They want to make sure that Afghanistan’s next leader maintains the military’s trust.  The Afghan army needs continue training and assistance and, they say, the United States should provide more heavy equipment and arms to the Afghan National Army.
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