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As successful counterinsurgency and governance both rest on the strength of the rule of law, the beleaguered Afghan government can ill afford to neglect legal reforms. In an interview posted on, defense policy scholar Stephen Biddle discusses the “guarded optimism”of the allied command in mission success. A part of this success rests on Hamid Karzai’s implementation of legal reforms – a process that has been complicated by the controversies surrounding his hotly-contested reelection.

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