The Karzai We Need
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CNN -- Some senior diplomats have called Afghan President Hamid Karzai the most difficult leader the United States has dealt with in modern times. In fairness, Afghanistan itself may be one of the most complex and unforgiving political environments any leader can ever have to deal with.
And deal with him they must. Since 2010 when, at a NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Karzai expressed the collective wish of the Afghan people for self-reliance, the United States and our allies have been moving toward Afghanistan, taking the lead on security. Both sides understood that this transition was neither going to be easy - nor completed - without disagreements about approach.
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Mark R. Jacobson is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States in Washington DC where he focuses on defense and security policy, specifically emerging threats and challenges.