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Afghanistan after the Drawdown: U.S. Civilian Engagement Post-2014

May 7, 2014 • 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT


Gerald (“Jerry”) Hyman
President, Hills Program on Governance, and Senior Advisor CSIS

Marc Grossman
Vice-Chairman, The Cohen Group and
 former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ronald Neumann
President, American Academy of Diplomacy and
former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman
Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, CSIS


Roderick Hills
Chairman, Hills Program on Governance, CSIS and
Partner, Hills & Morley LLP

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
10:00-11:30 a.m.
2nd floor Conference Room
CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036

After the 2014 military drawdown, the U.S. will still have a very large civilian assistance program in Afghanistan, even if it does not meet its $1B/year pledge. So too will other bilateral and multi-lateral donors. What objectives should those programs have and what strategy for achieving them? In “Afghanistan after the Drawdown: U.S. Civilian Engagement in Afghanistan Post-2014” (, Jerry Hyman argues that the strategy should be based on three possible scenarios (optimistic, pessimistic, and muddling-through), each of which will be primarily determined by the levels of security, governance, and economic growth, in that order. Everything else will be secondary. USAID and other assistance providers should design their programs and priorities accordingly to maximize, to the extent possible, the prospects for Afghanistan’s stability and success.

Please RSVP to Ann Richfield at Space is limited.

Gerald Hyman
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Office of the President