Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC
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Increasing significantly the number of civilian technical advisers in key central government ministries and in the provinces and district centers to help make Afghan government institutions more visible, effective, and accountable. Additional ministries and Afghan institutions will be certified to receive direct U.S. assistance, enhancing ministerial capacity, improving the effectiveness of our assistance, and decreasing reliance on contractors. Implementing a new civilian-military agriculture redevelopment strategy that will sap the insurgency not only of foot soldiers, but also of income from the narcotics trade. Expanding sub-national capacity building efforts, focused mainly in key population centers in the East and South, through new civ-mil initiatives, such as the District Development Working Groups and District Support Teams, and supporting programs that give Afghans a greater stake in their own government, such as the National Solidarity Program. A key emphasis will be assisting Afghan efforts to reduce corruption. Creating space for traditional dispute resolution mechanisms to re-emerge in areas cleared of the Taliban, while also strengthening the formal justice system. Reducing the drug trade by interdicting drug traffickers and disrupting their networks, instead of targeting poor Afghan farmers through eradication. Supporting Afghan government efforts to re-integrate Taliban who renounce al-Qaeda, cease violence, and accept the constitutional system. Redoubling international efforts to target illicit financial flows to the Taliban. Countering al-Qaeda and Taliban propaganda, while also empowering Afghans to challenge the insurgents narrative by improving access to mobile phones, radio, and television. Improving coordination of international assistance. We are consulting with Allies and partners to strengthen the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan UNAMA, and to enhance civilian coordination among ISAF partners.
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