David Miliband is Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. (April 2010)

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How to End the War in Afghanistan

With al-Qaeda pushed into Pakistan, more than eight years after the conflict began, it is not enough to explain why the Afghan war started. We need to set out how it will be ended—how to preserve what has been achieved and protect South Asia from a contagion that would affect us all. A political settlement will require a central government with enough power and legitimacy to protect the country, but also an external settlement with Afghanistan’s neighbors. What might such a settlement look like?