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Obama's Afghanistan Challenge


Obama's Afghanistan Challenge

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Stratfor Today » November 30, 2009 | 2142 GMT

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U.S. President Barack Obama

On Tuesday evening, U.S. President Barack Obama will outline his highly anticipated policy for how the United States plans to move forward in Afghanistan. Without question, Obama’s announcement is the most important geopolitical event of the week.
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This announcement is not only about the number of additional troops the White House will commit to Afghanistan: Far more important, it is about what the mission will be for those troops. The geopolitical stakes are high and the resulting impact will have ramifications far beyond the region.

Because of its significance, STRATFOR will devote special attention to analyzing the Obama announcement and will adjust our customary publication schedule. Rather than releasing the Geopolitical Intelligence Report by George Friedman as we typically do on Monday, STRATFOR will publish a special edition early Wednesday. The Global Security and Intelligence Report that usually publishes Wednesday will instead publish on Thursday.

In the meantime, STRATFOR will continue to provide daily written and video analysis on global geopolitical situations as they develop. Also, starting tomorrow, we are presenting a compelling three-part video special report exploring the challenges the United States and Mexico face, such as border security.

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