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Gen. Petraeus, the Northern Distribution Network and the "modern Silk Road"

Might the Northern Distribution Network -- the transport of U.S. and NATO military goods through Central Asia en route to Afghanistan -- blossom into a "modern Silk Road" that brings prosperity and stability to Central Asia? It's a theory that is either far-reaching and visionary, or completely unrealistic and possibly dangerous, depending on your point of view. But according to the National Journal (via Steve LeVine) the idea has gone, in a few short months, from think tank project to apparent approval by the new commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus:

CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus wants to explore an ambitious regional development strategy aiming to turn Afghanistan from an economic backwater into a hub for trans-Eurasian trade, according to three of his civilian advisers....

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