Monday, December 31, 2007

What's Next for Pakistan, Part II

Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group and a contributing editor to The National Interest, makes another critical point: don't forget the impact on Afghanistan.

He writes, "The bigger related problem is actually in Afghanistan, where existing international forces will prove incapable of doing much more than maintaining the security of president Hamid Karzai and a select number of additional government forces. Tribal leaders in both Pakistan and Afghanistan will quickly learn that the calculus for their political advantage is solidly on the side of Islamic radicals. Short of significant additional NATO funding and troop commitments on the ground by spring--when the snow clears and mountain passes are again traversable--that will lead to a significant spike in terrorist violence both in Afghani and Pakistani urban centers and, longer term, internationally."

But I don't think additional NATO funding--and certainly new troops--is in the cards.

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