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The new hope for Afghanistan - The Vimy Report
President Donald Trump’s belated Afghanistan policy review and reformulation unveiled last month had three unique characteristics: While expressing “frustration” with “the longest war”, Trump pledged to “win” because American “security interests” demand it; The strategy went beyond Afghanistan and embodied regional security concerns, namely explicit U.S. irritation with Pakistani duplicity; It set new parameters in terms of American expenditure and expectations, namely that Afghans help break the current military stalemate and “take ownership of their future”. He stressed “real reform” and “real progress” within the Afghan system. In terms of content and messaging, no other American leader in the past …