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9 foreign policy issues the Trump administration will have to face

by Bill Hayes

The Washington Post highlights 9 foreign policy issues the Trump administration will have to face.

The war in Afghanistan

Before it was President Obama’s “good war,” it was President George W. Bush’s counteroffensive to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. This month, more than 15 years after the arrival of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the United States’ longest war will fall to Donald Trump, a commander in chief who has barely mentioned his plans for the conflict.

Trump takes charge of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan at a time when a reenergized Taliban has expanded its footprint across the country, the central government is capable of securing only two-thirds of the population, and local forces are suffering what U.S. officials have characterized as “unsustainable” casualties.

Trump’s silence on Afghanistan, as a candidate and as president-elect, raises questions about whether and how the United States will continue its long mission to deter terrorism and build up local forces. [more]