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Decision by the American commander in Afghanistan to expand security- and reconstruction-related missions beyond Kabul.
The potential benefits of trade can be an important engine for economic growth and poverty reduction. However, only when trade is built upon solid institutional foundations are these benefits typically realized.
The victory of the liberal Roh Moo-Hyun in the December 19th South Korean presidential elections has been presented in the western media as a source of future tension in South Korean-U.S. relations.
The Bush administration has enlisted India in its campaign against the newly formed International Criminal Court.
It is difficult to argue that anything Roh does could place more tension on Seoul's relationship with Washington than the Bush administration's unilateral foreign policy.
The al Qaeda phenomenon is best seen as an association of like-minded groups operating in many countries with some loose coordination, with more centralized training, financing, and technical expertise available when required.
All of the political signals coming out of Washington indicate a conflict within the next three months, and there are numerous indications that the final phase of the build-up of military forces is imminent.
If America wants rest of the world to go with her, the American administration will have to stop considering itself the ultimate arbiter of good and evil.
If the new rationale for NATO is the War on Terror, and if its Rapid Response Force is directed to territories outside the region of its member states, then NATO's transformation has serious implications for Asia.
Regimes may loudly proclaim their fears of a war, yet privately allow the U.S. some leeway, and even give tentative support for its war plans.