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Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Closer to a Progressive Consensus on Afghanistan?

News The Washington Independent 13 March 2009
Diplomacy

50 Days: Obama's Foreign Policy Dramatically Different than Bush

Report 10 March 2009
Fifty days into the new administration, a close examination of foreign policy shows dramatic changes on three broad fronts, with early table setting steps giving way to action abroad and at home.  Not everything can or should change overnight, but skeptics' assertions that Obama' foreign policy is a continuation of Bush's is not supported by the facts.
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Pakistan

Crisis in Pakistan Demands Urgent U.S. Action

Report 25 February 2009
The Pakistani state is under threat not just from a growing insurgency, but from tremendous political and economic instability as well. The democratic government remains weak and the Pakistani economy teeters on the brink of default. To help stabilize Pakistan, the Atlantic Council recommends working to strengthen Pakistani democracy, engaging the region, conditioning security assistance, and increasing development assistance.
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Diplomacy

Getting Diplomacy out of the Penalty Box

Report 19 February 2009
President Obama’s trip to Canada – his first trip abroad since taking office – promises to strike a new tone and to begin to reverse the decay that has occurred in our key relationships over the last eight years. Renewing the North American partnership is vital to addressing key global and domestic challenges.
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Afghanistan

Bush’s Failures in Afghanistan Will Make Life Difficult for Obama

Report 12 February 2009
As President Obama met with Secretary Gates to discuss the possibility of troop increases in Afghanistan, events underscored the terrible hand that the Bush administration dealt the new President. Rather than focus on Afghanistan, where the 9-11 attacks were plotted and where their planners took refuge, President Bush became distracted by Iraq. The resulting downward spiral is now the problem of the Obama Administration.
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Afghanistan

A Comprehensive Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Report 10 February 2009
The situation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region continues to deteriorate, with news in the last week of more attacks on American and NATO supply routes from Pakistan and the Kyrgyz government’s decision to close a key American air base.  It is critical that we have a clear strategy for Afghanistan that includes measureable and realistic objectives, and President Obama’s decision to delay the announcement of additional troops into Afghanistan until we have a focused strategy is the right approach. 
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Military

Pragmatic Signals Foreshadow Tough Choices Ahead

Report 28 January 2009
This week, the Obama administration made three symbolic down payments on restoring balance and moderation to our national security policy. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Obama administration would have a focused and modest in regards to Afghanistan and defense acquisitions.  Finally, the Obama administration took steps to re-engage with the Muslim world, with Senator Mitchell’s arrival in the region and the positive response throughout the Middle East to Obama’s interview on Al Arabiya.
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Terrorism & National Security

Bush Administration Rewrites Failed Terrorism Legacy

Report 15 January 2009
This evening President Bush will give a farewell address to the nation in which he will undoubtedly claim that thanks to his national security policies America has not been hit by a terrorist attack since 9/11.  But while our law enforcement agencies and military work to protect Americans from attack, President Bush leaves behind a legacy of failure. The Bush Administration has succeeded in overinflating the terrorist threat at home and utterly discrediting it abroad. 
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