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President Barack Obama is set to announce the withdrawal of 34,000 American troops from Afghanistan by January 2014. The reduction of troops and the realignment of civilians working there will restructure America's relationship with a country where it's been at war since 2001. We get an update on Obama's new strategy and what it means for the future of America's national security policy.
By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.