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Getting It Right in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Karin von Hippel, Frederick Barton Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

America may not be losing the war in Afghanistan, but it is also not winning. Neither is the U.S. approach in neighboring Pakistan making friends or preventing new recruits from crossing the border to kill U.S. and other NATO troops. What then is the best way to promote peace and security in the greater South Asia region, home to nearly half the world's population and several nuclear-armed states?

The challenges involved in confronting these threats -- which means fighting extremism in both countries, rebuilding governance in Afghanistan, and supporting a weak democratic government in Pakistan -- dwarf the past two decades of global state-building activities combined and are too big to be tackled alone. ...

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