US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has at long last frankly admitted that after having fought two costly wars, the US now intends to embark on a reorientation of its foreign policy that would hinge on ‘jobs diplomacy’ to speed up its own as well as economic growth of Asia. It is obvious that as of now the cumulative effects of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have snowballed into a great deal of anger in the US mainland as well, besides the financial loss also has been colossal. An average US taxpayer is no more willing to let its government play ducks and drakes with their hard earned dollars.

The US is now compromising with the very forces it considered an enemy after the 9/11 and went in Afghanistan to hunt them down. On the post-withdrawal horizon, Afghanistan’s biggest hurdle is nation building that demands extraordinary effort in infrastructure and setting up institutions along with lending support to its economy to sustain on its own once the foreign aid is stopped. Worry, however is expressed by international organisations like the EU for instance, that the development work has not been in sync with the amount of aid given to the country. Afghanistan’s future is still uncertain; it has become a more dangerous place than it was a decade ago, courtesy the US-led war. It remains unclear how a new ruse called ‘jobs diplomacy’, while helpful for the US, will change the reality in Afghanistan,