Ashdown: Obama may be Afghanistan's best hope

Lord Paddy Ashdown, one of the most highly regarded British diplomats, has been critical of the international community's limited committment to Afghanistan and has called for a regional peace conference for Afghanistan, similar to the Dayton conference which successfully laid the framework for peace in Bosnia. He explained "A new president in the US might just be able to do this. Indeed, given Obama's courageous statements in favour of multilateralism and dialogue with old enemies, he might well be the single person in the world best placed to pull off such an enterprise." Paddy Ashdown was the EU's high representative to Bosnia until 2006, the leader of one of Britain's largest political parties for a decade, and originally a commander in te Special Boat Service (the elite force in the British navy).