TITLE

Can Afghanistan Be Rescued?

AUTHOR(S)
Ra'ees, Wahabuddin
PUB. DATE
March 2012
SOURCE
Middle East Quarterly;Spring2012, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p51
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article looks at the Afghan War as of spring 2012. It recounts the history of the war and explains the counterinsurgency strategy adopted by U.S. President Barack Obama after taking office in 2009. It analyzes the effectiveness of the strategy, looking at the military, diplomatic, and economic dimensions. The author's assessment is that conditions are not in place for a successful outcome upon the planned withdrawal of U.S. and international troops by 2004. He cites factors including the weakness of the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the ability the Taliban grouping has shown to maintain the loyalty of its different subgroups, and the ongoing role played by the Pakistani government, particularly its intelligence service (ISI), in supporting the Taliban.
ACCESSION #
72260265

 

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