June 15th, 2010
04:11 PM ET

Afghan minerals could turn war's tide

Patrick Doherty is the director of the Smart Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation, a think tank that seeks innovative solutions across the political spectrum.

The news that Afghanistan's mineral wealth could exceed $1 trillion is an important opportunity for both Kabul and Washington to change the narrative from counterinsurgency to locally controlled sustainable development.

By doing so, the government of Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration can leverage a range of converging interests in South and Central Asia to put Afghanistan and the region finally on the only viable path to security - rising economic prosperity in the larger region.

Natural resources are both a blessing and a curse.

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  1. Gary Johndro


    June 16, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Hello Gary!

      June 16, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mason Mehring

    Noone kisses ass better than I do. mason.mehring@corelink.com

    June 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. damiao


    June 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel-2

    I'm thrilled to bother people by all my comments.

    June 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Please,Daniel,kindly stop taking all the joy out of this war,will you???

      June 16, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel-2

    Meaning that this could lead to te consolidation of the American Anglo-French Empire in the Middle East once the Taliban are out of the way!

    June 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      There could be enough mineral resources in the ground for a thousand more 'godless drones'. Good find.

      June 16, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty


        June 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |