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Where Does Pakistan Fit In to the Afghanistan Strategy?

As I reported yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opted to invite Gen. David Petraeus to testify alongside Ambassador Karl Eikenberry this morning

Jul 31, 2020
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As I reported yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opted to invite Gen. David Petraeus to testify alongside Ambassador Karl Eikenberry this morning in order to get a sense of the place of Pakistan in the Obama administration’s revised Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. It’s a really valid question. Eikenberry and Gen. Stanley McChrystal deferred yesterdayon Pakistan questions in their testimony, not wanting to go outside their wheelhouse. And, for that matter, President Obama’s West Point speechtreated Pakistan with diminished rhetorical emphasis. News reports have suggested that’s because the administration thinks that it’s unproductive to keep calling Pakistan out, particularly at this latest volatile time in Pakistani politics. But soon we’ll here from Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and South Asia, about what the strategy holds for working with — and perhaps even around — the Pakistanis in the pursuit of durable success over al-Qaeda and its affiliates on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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