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Frank Wisner on the state of American diplomacy

Richard Holbrooke’s passing comes at a tricky time for the Obama administration’s mission in Afghanistan.  There is no clear sense that the military’s counterinsurgency surge is taking hold, and yet the president has committed the country to four more years there. This week’s strategic review of Afghanistan is raising difficult questions about U.S. Afghan policy.

To talk about Holbrooke’s efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the administration’s diplomatic strategy, Need to Know’s Jon Meacham sat down with American diplomat Frank Wisner. Wisner has held several ambassadorial posts during his career and is also a former undersecretary for the U.S. Departments of Defense and State. His friendship with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke spanned some 45 years.


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