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Tom's Take

January 28th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

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On AMANPOUR. today, we’ll have the latest from Haiti. Christiane will also turn her attention to another country in need of nation building: Afghanistan. She interviews two key foreign ministers – from France and Pakistan – who are at the London conference on Afghanistan. Among other things, she’ll ask them about Afghan President Karzai’s proposal for reintegrating the Taliban, combating al Qaeda in Yemen, and renewed efforts to coordinate international military and civilian objectives on the ground. Here are some perspectives now on some of the stories in the news today.

Tom Evans
Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

HAITI – Are key players in recovery effort finally making an effort to coordinate their activities?

–         Key players decide to divide Port-au-Prince into zones to hand out aid

–         Many people in the capital still haven’t received any food, water, or medical supplies

–         “Miracle” rescue of 16-year-old girl by French rescue team after she was in the rubble for more than two weeks

QUESTION: Why did it take so long for aid agencies and others to come up with a plan to distribute aid in the earthquake-ravaged capital?

AFGHANISTAN CONFERENCE – Will the meeting lay the groundwork for an exit strategy for the U.S. and NATO from Afghanistan?

–         More than 60 countries and organizations meeting today in London to chart future of war-torn Afghanistan

–         Central focus is $500 million plan to move Taliban rand-and-file members off the battlefield and into civilian life

–         U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says plan gradually to hand over security to Afghan forces is not an exit strategy for West. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says international troops could stay in Afghanistan for another 15 years. That means the conflict could last almost a quarter century (from 2001).

QUESTION:  Can the international alliance helping Afghanistan in its struggle against the Taliban really hold together for as long as 15 more years?

IRAN – Will the world move forward with new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions?

–         U.S. President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address to Congress says Iran will face “growing consequences” if it refuses to compromise over its nuclear program

–         Iran so far has resisted initiatives by world powers to curb its nuclear program, which the West says is for nuclear weapons – a charge Tehran denies

–         Secretary of State Clinton, on sidelines of London conference, is trying to convince other world powers, particularly Russia and China, to back new sanctions

QUESTION: Will the U.N. Security Council move forward with sanctions against Iran – and if it doesn’t, will unilateral sanctions by the U.S. and its Western allies be effective?


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  1. MILFORT MARC

    It is time to bring the true out, that's a reporter job, who are the key players? should it be a New Government in Haiti now?

    someone talk to me please.
    is Haiti need a new government?

    January 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Reply

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