January 4, 2013

With Karzai, Taking the Good with the Bad

Michael O'Hanlon, Politico

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As he prepares to visit Washington in the coming days, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is completing 10 years in office. His relationship with America began with mutual affection and infatuation, and deteriorated gradually over the years, first under President George W. Bush, then even more so during the early part of the Obama administration. But as in a bad marriage that stays together for the kids, both sides have continued to cooperate for the sake of their common interest in building a stable Afghanistan.

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January 8, 2013
The Open Question of Afghanistan
Walter Pincus, Washington Post
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January 15, 2013
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Dov Zakheim, National Interest
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The National
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