Afghanistan After the State of the Union

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January 28, 2011

In his State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned the relative progress and ongoing challenges America faces in Afghanistan.  ISW's Jeff Dressler discusses in The Hill Congress Blog that, "President Obama passed up a golden opportunity to explain to America and the world that U.S. forces will be committed to success in Afghanistan well beyond July 2011." Read the full article, also in full below.

This was also a big week for Afghanistan. On January 26th, President Karzai inaugurated Afghanistan’s second post-Taliban parliament, ending a tense stand-off between the president and the newly elected parliament and defusing a looming constitutional crisis. But the debate and conflict caused by Afghanistan’s September 2010 parliamentary elections is far from over, and could resurface as a critical issue in 2011.  For more in-depth analysis, check out ISW and AEI’s most recent report “Defining Success in Afghanistan” by Drs. Kim and Fred Kagan.

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<p class="captionText">A U.S. Soldier assigned to the Cultural Support Team, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan aims his M4 carbine during a weapons range at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Zimmerman/Released)</p>
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