Afghan Awakening and the Westphalian Order

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Steve Clemons flags an interview with Andrew Bacevich and excerpts some highlights, of which this caught my eye: Advice on Afghanistan: pay attention to history. Effective governance has never been exercised from Kabul. Local tribal leaders have always run the place. That should be okay with us so long as Al Qaeda is denied sanctuary. We should provide incentives to local leaders so that they will see it in their interest to keep Al Qaeda out. This, along with a troop surge, adapted to the particularities of the Afghan conflict, seems to be the emerging consensus about how to deal […]


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