January 28, 2010

How to Win the War in Afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad, Financial Times

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Today, after years of foreign involvement in Afghanistan, unemployment is still 40 per cent and more than half the population lives below the poverty line. The current poor economic circumstances, while better than those under the Taliban, are a key impediment to success for the coalition. That is why it is critical that at the Afghan donors' conference in London to Thursday, the international community commits to revitalising Afghanistan's economy. If it does not, the military effort in the country is doomed to fail.

I applaud President Barack Obama's decision to stick with and adjust the military effort in Afghanistan. The US administration also deserves credit for recognising that more must be done on the civilian and economic fronts. However, a detailed strategy for the...

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