Post Tagged with: "afghanistan"

Poppy Crop Destruction Drives Farmers Towards Taliban

Poppy Crop Destruction Drives Farmers Towards Taliban

April 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 04/12/08 By Michael Shank Sir, With reference to your report, “US seeks Afghan heroin action” (April 5/6): the American proclivity for short-term, high-visibility gains precludes, yet again, sound strategy. Aerial spraying does not constitute an effective poppy eradication programme. Critically, this counter-narcotics strategy ignores the demand side. If […]

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Afghan Domestic Opinion Neglected in Ashdown Plan

Afghan Domestic Opinion Neglected in Ashdown Plan

February 15, 2008 at 9:38 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 02/15/08 By Michael Shank Sir, Paddy Ashdown still does not get it. His three-pronged policy prescription for Afghanistan (“A strategy to save Afghanistan”, February 13), while meritorious on many levels, nowhere implies consultation with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai. This approach, unfortunately, is consistent with years of interventionist neglect […]

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Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

January 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 01/17/08 By Michael Shank Sir, At long last, US strategy in Afghanistan is wising up (“From poppies to pomegranates”, January 14). Putting crop eradication on the back burner, a move aided by concern from the government in Kabul, the US is pursuing ways in which high-value produce can […]

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Reducing Taliban Recruitment by Development

Reducing Taliban Recruitment by Development

July 5, 2007 at 10:37 pm

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE OPERATIONS Vol. 3, No. 1, July-Aug 07 By Michael Shank United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ recent commentary that “things are slowly, cautiously headed in the right direction” in Afghanistan convinced very few. General Dan McNeill, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, seconded the […]

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