As the Obama administration ponders the way forward in Afghanistan, the AfPak Channel reached out to experts who have lived in Afghanistan or researched and reported from the region for extended periods of time to ask, in about what a senior National Security Council staffer might have time to say to him in one of the meetings that is now going on in the White House, what they would tell Obama as he considers his options. These are their answers.
Graeme Smith, More talking, not more troops
J Alexander Thier, Prioritize in Afghanistan
Michael Innes, Nearly Anywhere Terrorists Operate
Gretchen Peters, It’s not about the number of troops
Asma Nemati, An articulate plan for security
Peter Bergen, Time for the heavy lifting
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