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The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in 2014 provides a critical moment for the United States to evaluate its development objectives in Pakistan and signal its credibility as a long-term partner. Afghanistan and Pakistan are at different points on the path of development and require different kinds of assistance delivered in different way. Short-term stabilization is the top priority in Afghanistan while long-term development is and should be the priority in Pakistan.

In this note, CGD senior policy analyst Alexis Sowa outlines three recommendations: name the leader of US development efforts, clarify the mission, and finance what is already working.

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