Monday, January 25, 2010

State Department Releases New Strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan

U.S. officials may have difficulty winning the confidence and approval of the people of Pakistan (see today's Washington Post article, "Pakistani Government, Military Wary of U.S. Overtures"). Nevertheless, the U.S. Department of State is aiming to define the United States' purpose for defense, diplomatic, and developmental operations in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan. See this press release by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In it she summarizes and provides access to the State Department's Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy. The strategy report includes sections on deploying civilian expertise, fighting the Afghan narcotics trade, and enhancing the U.S. partnership with Pakistan, among other things.

Need more links to articles, data, and diplomacy resources for these two Asian nations? Take a look at our country guides to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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