World News Brief, Thursday September 17

Joint Chiefs add voice to calls for more troops in Afghanistan; Bernanke: recession is over; Japan's PM named; Bombs detonate in Baghdad as Biden arrives; and more

Top of the Agenda: More Troops for Afghanistan

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee an increase in troops in Afghanistan is "probably" necessary (WashPost), but did not specify a number. Mullen did say two thousand to four thousand additional NATO and U.S. military trainers would help "jump start" the building of Afghan security forces.

The Wall Street Journal says the support of Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates for a troop surge in Afghanistan would make it "easier" for U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the recommendations of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Kabul. McChrystal will likely submit a request later this month for some forty thousand additional troops in Afghanistan. There are sixty-two thousand U.S. troops there now.


On Foreign Policy, CFR's Daniel Markey says the United States and NATO should press Kabul to organize a second constitutional convention to "ratify a new structure for democratic governance."

Military strategist Kimberly Kagan tells CFR the only way to ensure victory is a better-resourced counterinsurgency campaign focused on securing population centers.


A CFR Backgrounder looks at the Afghan national security forces.

An interactive CFR timeline tracks the history of the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan.


PACIFIC RIM: Hatoyama Named Prime Minister

Japanese parliament named Yukio Hatoyama the prime minister (Japan Times), two weeks after his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won national elections in a landslide. The election ended fifty years of almost uninterrupted rule by the Liberal Democratic Party.

A CFR Backgrounder looks at the rise of the DPJ.

China: The Wall Street Journal looks at the growing market for rural land in China.



Green Zone attacked upon Biden's arrival in Baghdad.
Bernanke says recession likely over.


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