Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan

The future of any country that is experiencing war or strife is not going to be resolved by the military, but by the people of that country based on their desire to improve their lives, said U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) July 29, 2008, days after returning from a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq. "Development," Hagel added, "is critical to that."

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  • Mark Maathuis

    Mark Maathuis worked as an international correspondent for United Press International and reported for several Dutch magazines and Web sites on American politics, the "war on terror" and legal issues. He holds two master's degrees, one in journalism from American University and the other in civil law from Leiden University. Mark joined Devex in November 2007 as a fellow in our Washington, D.C., office and continued to contribute to our Web site the following year. He is a native speaker of Dutch, fluent in English, proficient in French and German, and speaks basic Italian.

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