Afghanistan – Britain’s Invisible Conflict

The Guardian
December 3, 2011

This editorial by Douglas Alexander of the Guardian Observer outlines some thought-intriguing points on how Britain and the United States might work towards a peaceful resolution in Afghanistan. Alexander also discusses how this week representatives of more than 90 countries are expected to attend the Bonn conference – and how you would be forgiven for having missed any debate around Britain’s approach to the conflict, since the UK government has been anything but clear of late.

Prime Minster David Cameron last made a statement on Afghanistan in the House of Commons at the start of July, and the Foreign Office has yet to set out a detailed position going into these vital talks. Of course, big international summits like this tend to focus on broad themes but in truth there is now only a narrow window of opportunity for meaningful action as the US prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by 2014.

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