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Press Release Abandoning the Open Skies Treaty Is a Mistake  

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) expressed disappointment in today’s Trump Administration announcement that it will withdraw from the long-standing, multilateral Treaty on Open Skies. Formal termination will be effective in six months.

Press Release FCNL Lays Out Path to Peace in Afghanistan 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation issued a new report today on the responsible way to wind down and finally end the 19-year war in Afghanistan. This report draws on extensive interviews with experts in diplomacy, crisis response and planning, military affairs, and state-building in Afghanistan.

Background Ending the Afghanistan War Responsibly 

On February 29, 2020, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement paving a path for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan. A full military withdrawal is necessary and should proceed without delay. To end the war responsibly, however, the exit of troops must be paired with steps to minimize any further harm to the people of Afghanistan.

Update How Does the Heroes Act Align with FCNL's Priorities? 

The House passed the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), a comprehensive bill to further address the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout. FCNL has been lobbying Congress to include many policy provisions in the next COVID-19 bill.

Background Support Long-term Afghan-led Solutions 

Peace in Afghanistan: Issue Brief #3

Afghanistan still depends upon foreign assistance for its survival. Even Taliban leadership has acknowledged that Afghanistan will require international development aid moving forward.

Background Frequently Asked Questions 

Peace in Afghanistan: FAQs

FCNL has provided our responses to commonly raised questions regarding military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Background Oppose Continued Militarized Counterterrorism in Afghanistan 

Peace in Afghanistan: Issue Brief #4

The idea that it is necessary to maintain residual forces in Afghanistan to conduct counterterrorism operations is based on the flawed premise that “terrorism” must be fought and can be defeated militarily.

Background Ramp Up Bilateral and Multilateral Diplomatic Efforts 

Peace in Afghanistan: Issue Brief #2

Before the most recent talks, the United States had other key opportunities across its nearly twenty-year war in Afghanistan to facilitate a negotiated settlement but squandered each of them, prolonging the violence and losing more leverage along the way.

Background Support Full Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan 

Peace in Afghanistan: Issue Brief #1

The United States-Taliban deal—parts of which remain secret—envisions the withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan, in exchange for assurances that the Taliban will not allow Afghanistan to harbor terrorist groups that threaten the United States. Because the deal was negotiated without any participation by the Afghan government or Afghan civil society, it sets the terms for a U.S. military exit without setting the stage for peace.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Wars and Weapons Will Not Save Us 

Seven hundred and fifty billion dollars. That’s roughly how much the United States is spending annually on weapons and war. About $35 billion of that is for nuclear weapons, which, in a best-case scenario, sit in holes in the ground and never get used.

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