03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jeffrey Sachs: There Hasn't Been Any 'Intelligent Discussion Regarding Living Standards In Afghanistan'

Columbia University economist Jeffrey D. Sachs, one of the foremost experts on extreme poverty in underdeveloped nations, says it is past time for the United States to end its war in Afghanistan, the world's fifth poorest nation. In an interview with Nieman Watchdog in November, Sachs said the United States should reverse its priorities and fund major sustainable development programs, which would not only help reduce Afghanistan's overwhelming poverty but would be a surer way to help achieve greater U.S. security.

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