(EastWest Institute) This report aims to provide a clear-eyed assessment of terrorism and armed conflict in Afghanistan and related security threats for the United States, Russia and key stakeholder countries, approaching these issues with a cooperative outlook. [...]
In contrast to the many issues currently straining U.S.-Russia relations, counterterrorism and Afghanistan have generally stood out as two promising areas for bilateral cooperation. To that end, the project has pursued dual aims: 1) to highlight the extent of the threat of violence posed by militant terrorist groups in Afghanistan—not just to the United States and Russia, but also to other regional and global actors; and 2) to identify avenues for future counterterrorism cooperation, with the intention to generate positive momentum in the bilateral relationship. [...]
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Ekaterina Stepanova and Javid Ahmad, Militant-terrorist groups in, and connected to, Afghanistan, Ch. 2, p. 24.
George Gavrilis, Protecting Afghanistan’s Borders: U.S. and Russia to Lead in a Regional Counterterrorism Effort, Appendix A, p. 72.