Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Michael Jackson of postconflict reconstruction

"'Ashdown's a celebrity. He's the Michael Jackson of postconflict reconstruction,' says Williams. 'He was going to raise the profile of Afghanistan. Karzai was afraid he would be too powerful. So the Afghans shot themselves in the foot. Paddy Ashdown was the best chance to get someone with the right personality to get all the players into the same ring.'"
(Feb. 6, 2008, Christian Science Monitor)

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