Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 11/2011

The Afghanistan Question and the Reset in U.S.-Russian Relations

Richard J. Krickus

October 2011

The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


The ability of the United States and Russia to cooperate in Afghanistan represents a solid test of their reset in relations. The author provides the historical background to the Afghanistan Question and assesses current events in the Afghan war with three objectives in mind: 1) To determine whether Russian-American cooperation in Afghanistan has been successful; 2) To identify and evaluate the successes and failures of the counterinsurgency strategy as the transition from U.S. to Afghanistan authority gains traction in the 2011-14 time frame; and 3) To provide conclusions and recommendations bearing on developments in Afghanistan.