Barack Obama and Afghanistan: a closer look

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Par Mariano Ernst Aguirre
Open Democracy

Barack Obama announced a comprehensive new strategy for Afghanistan on 27 March 2009. This recognises that a military victory is unattainable. It adopts a regional approach, focusing more intensively on Pakistan, and opens the way to negotiate with some sectors of the insurgency. More emphasis is laid on development and creating jobs in agriculture. The United States president also acknowledges [1] the need for a strategy towards the eventual withdrawal of military forces.

2009
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