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What to Expect From General Petraeus

Authors: Andrew Exum, Center for a New American Security, Kori Schake, Hoover Institution, Ali A. Jalali, Former Interior Minister of Afghanistan, and Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow
June 24, 2010
New York Times

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On Wednesday, President Obama tapped Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, to replace Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as the commander of American forces in Afghanistan after General McChrystal and his aides made disparaging comments about senior administration officials in a magazine article.

In his announcement, the president reiterated the continuity of his Afghan strategy. “This is a change in personnel,” he said, “but it is not a change in policy. General Petraeus fully participated in our review last fall, and he both supported and helped design the strategy that we have in place.”

While the plan remains the same on paper, will General Petraeus's appointment alter the war and change the outcome of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan? Will his management and leadership style make a difference, and if so, how much?

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