May 14, 2013
By Mallory Sutika Sipus, Senior Research Analyst
As negotiations remain on-going for the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement, recent developments have yet to signal a significant shift in policy orientation regarding the post-2014 relationship between the United States and the Afghan state. As discussed in Part I of this series, US-Afghan Security Agreement: Competing Notions of Sovereignty the areas of contention in the BSA negotiations suggest that the United States has a very different understanding of an independent Afghanistan than the latter has for itself. I argued that the notion of sovereignty advanced by both were fundamentally at odds with one another.