Magazine article Foreign Policy

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Magazine article Foreign Policy

Foreignpolicy.Com

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Every day, ForeignPolicy.com poses big questions from big writers: Why is oil such a pernicious influence in Africa? Is Russia fated to be enemies with its neighbors? Should the United States blow up its State Department and start all over again? We have great experts, like Brian Michael Jenkins on terrorism and Mehdi Khalaji on Iran, and great reads, like Nicholas Thompson's "Hawk and Dove," the story of the unlikely friendship of Cold War thinkers George Kennan and Paul Nitze. We're also expanding the site with new destinations and new contributors, from an AfPak Channel to cover the war for South Asia to a new column that gives you a regular Reality Check.

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Over the past six months, with a new president in the White House and the war in Iraq at least nominally winding down, Afghanistan and Pakistan have become arguably the most pressing--and vexing--challenges for Western foreign policy. The new AfPak Channel, a joint project of FOREIGN POLICY and the New America Foundation, aims to fill the void by going directly to the people and places behind the spiraling conflict as policymakers, journalists, and ordinary readers alike struggle to interpret developments like Afghanistan's controversial election and the killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.

The daily AfPak Blog features leading international experts and unique insight and analysis from Kabul to Islamabad, edited by Peter Bergen--award-winning author, CNN terrorism analyst, and one of the few Western journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden--and New America's Katherine Tiedemann. …

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