Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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Jan. 20: General David Petraeus, head of Central Command and former commander of US forces in Iraq, announced an agreement with several Central Asian countries to open new supply lines to Afghanistan. The decision came after a volatile few months on the Pakistani- Afghan border, with delays and closures due to militant attacks common on supply routes such as the Khyber Pass. [BBC, 1/20]

An Arab League development summit ended inconclusively in Kuwait, with the 22 member states divided over a common response to the Gaza crisis. While Arab leaders agreed to pledge $2 billion in aid to help reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the three-week Israeli campaign against Hamas, disputes arose over a rival meeting called in Qatar, which invited Turkey, as well as representatives from Iran, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. [VOA, 1/20, NYT, 1/21]

Jan. 22: President Barack Obama selected veteran foreign service officer Richard Holbrooke as Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Best known for negotiating the Dayton Peace Accords that halted conflict in Bosnia in 1995, Holbrooke also served as Bill Clinton's Ambassador to the UN and as Editor of Foreign Policy. …

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