Eikenberry: Counterinsurgency fails in Afghanistan

Barack Obama Ambassador Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry General Stanley McChrystal
Karl Eikenberry, left, meets with then-Gen. Stanley McChrystal and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2009. White House

The counterinsurgency plan in Afghanistan hinged on the assumption that the U.S. military could protect the population, that foreign aid could make the Afghan government more accountable, and that the Karzai administration shared U.S. goals. In an article published by Foreign Affairs, Karl Eikenberry – the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC – explains why all three assumptions were "spectacularly incorrect."