Speaker: Richard C. Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Michael R. Gordon, Chief Military Correspondent, The New York Times; Senior Fellow, Institute for the Study of War
December 15, 2009
Military resources have drawn the most attention in President Barack Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan but top U.S. diplomats to the region emphasize the strategy also includes a significant civilian surge component. In this CFR meeting, Richard C. Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, discusses how the Obama administration is leveraging civilian agencies in Washington to increase the capacities of the Afghan and Pakistani governments.
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