Massive changes needed in USs Afghan-Pak policy : CSIS

February 22nd, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI  


Lahore, Feb.22 (ANI): US strategists feel that Washingtons policy regarding Pakistan and Afghanistan needs massive overhaul if it wants to establish peace in the troubled region, and succeed in its objectives.
According to a report prepared by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the US has to deal with three major policy challenges.
The first section of the report, Policy Challenges, deals with formulating and implementing an integrated strategy across US government agencies with both international and local partners, The Daily Times said.
It also emphasizes on understanding the ground realities in both the countries, especially in ungoverned spaces.
The report also asks for full participation of the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the policy making process.
The people of Afghanistan and Pakistan must believe they would be safer if the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are defeated, the report said.
Success can be achieved with a clear direction and goals, the assumption of responsibility by all parties, and regular and open information flow directly to all parties concerned, it concluded.
The report was compiled by CSIS Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project co-directors Frederick Barton and Karin Von Hippel. (ANI)

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