The Future of Afghanistan

-A Presentation of the book by J. Alexander Thier-

J Alexander Thier of the US Institute of Peace, together with other co-authors, will discuss their new book, The Future of Afghanistan (USIP, 2009), which former UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said “provides a compelling vision of how the overall approach in Afghanistan must evolve.” The book argues that US policy toward Afghanistan will require a fundamental change in order to achieve long-term stability in that country. A focused, coherent, and long-term approach to Afghan and regional stability is necessary to get Afghanistan out of its vicious cycle of insecurity, insurgency, impunity, and corruption.

The Future of Afghanistan can be downloaded free of charge at

J Alexander Thier is Senior Rule of Law Advisor at the US Institute of Peace, where he is director of the Future of Afghanistan Project and co-chair of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Working Groups. Thier is also director of the project on Constitution Making, Peace-building, and National Reconciliation and is responsible for several rule of law programs in Afghanistan, including a project on establishing relations between Afghanistan’s state and non-state justice systems, and was a member of the Afghanistan Study Group, co-chaired by General James Jones and Ambassador Tom Pickering. From 2002 to 2004, Thier was legal advisor to Afghanistan’s Constitutional and Judicial Reform Commissions in Kabul, where he assisted in the development of a new constitution and judicial system. Thier also served as a UN and NGO official in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 1993 to 1996, and has written extensively on the region, appearing regularly as a commentator in international media including BBC, CNN, and the New York Times.

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