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Europe’s civilian failings

By Tom Nuttall  

With Gordon Brown and, reportedly, Barack Obama both agreeing to up their respective countries’ troop count in Afghanistan,  Afghan watchers have understandably spent the past week focusing on the military component of the international effort (plus, of course, the nefarious activities of the Italians).

Yet, as with most large-scale interventions these days, Afghanistan also enjoys a significant civilian presence—police, rule of law experts, reconstruction teams and the like. And while the instinct in America is always to turn to the…

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