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19 Jul 2010 description

Background and Context

At the London Conference on Afghanistan held on January 28, 2010, the government of Afghanistan and the international community stated that regionally owned and steered initiatives stood the best chance of success.1

President Karzai and President Obama echoed that theme during the former's May 2010 visit to Washington - their joint statement "underscored the importance of regional cooperation in promoting regional security and in combating illicit financial, criminal, and terrorist networks."2

The inherent challenges of cooperation in such an …