Too many Americans are dying from trafficked illegal drugs, and too many Mexicans are dying from violence related to the criminal gangs that traffic drugs.
Much attention is given to the U.S. troop presence and their security roles, but to succeed strong and effective diplomacy, artfully employed, is needed.
The military alone is not enough.
U.S.-Mexico cooperation has not been sufficient to stem the smuggling of deadly drugs or the drug-related violence in Mexico.
The Trump administration's Afghanistan strategy should take into account that the international situation is more dangerous than ever.
Welcome to the trade wars.
The new administration should resist the tendency for the NSC staff to grow in size and take on operational responsibilities.
The Afghan government won donor support with commitments to reform, better governance, and improved performance.
A stable and sustainable Afghanistan is in the interest of the United States.
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