- US think tank says Pakistan a sanctuary for Taliban, Haqqani network
- US must warn Pakistan of sanctions if it 'backs' terrorists, says report
- Report suggests American commitment should not be open ended
"Afghanistan is currently doing badly both in the fighting and in its civilian politics, governance, and poverty. Pakistan is still a sanctuary for the Taliban and Haqqani network and more of a threat than an ally," the CSIS said in the report.
Authored by Anthony H Cordesman, CSIS Arleigh A Burke, Chair in Strategy, the report said there has to be a better strategy and approach to both the military and civil dimensions of the war to provide a reason to stay.
"No commitment should be open ended. The Afghans have to do far more, and do it far better, to justify each future year of US commitment," the report said. "The United States should make it clear to Pakistan that it faces a total end to aid, and the imposition of sanctions, if it continues to support the Taliban and tolerate the Haqqani network," it said.
The CSIS said the US should make it clear that it will conduct a public annual review of its commitments to Afghanistan. "It should make it clear that it can and will leave in the face of Afghan failure. If necessary, the United States should make good on such a threat," the report said.
"It should send a clear message to all partner states that they must meet reasonable standards of performance. The United States should never bully its allies, but it also should not be bullied -- or let nations slip into the kind of overdependence that ultimately undermines rather than aids them," the CSIS report said.
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