Blogging Heads Does Afghanistan

by Joshua Foust on 5/25/2009

I don’t have much to say about this, but it serves as a good overview of some of the challenges we’ll face in Afghanistan in the next year. Ellen Laipson (formerly of the NSC) and David Frum did a Bloggingheads about the strategic issues confronting President Obama’s new strategy in Afghanistan. Two segments in particular stand out:

1. Voting as an exercise in ethnic politics (certainly not as absolute as they make it out, but as a broad point it’s fair):

2. Some of the issues facing development efforts there (interesting if only for how little they know of actual development work, and especially of doing it in Afghanistan, since neither has a background in it):

What are your thoughts?


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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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