Issues / War & Peace
Just when it looked the Central Asian countries were facing the growing joint political hegemony of Russia and China in the region, the events of September 11 opened the door to an increased and indefinite-term U.S. military presence.
There are many valid critiques of U.S. policy toward Iraq before, during, and after the Gulf War. Failing to invade and overthrow the Iraqi government, however, is not one of them.
With the new conflict in Iraq, the stakes for the future U.S. role in the world could not be higher.
The radical Islamist message falls on fertile ground.
If nothing is done to take international action to strengthen the ban on germ weapons, the future may hold far more damaging attacks with newer and deadlier agents, genetically engineered to be unidentifiable and untreatable.
In the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies, arms production and sales worldwide will likely continue their upward trajectory--encouraged by national policies and supported by multilateral economic institutions.
Operation Enduring Freedom
The costs of fixing America's nuclear vulnerabilities may be high, but the price of doing too little may prove far greater.
Since September 11, the United Nations has gained a rare prominence in Washington's calculations.
Afghanistan's complex and violent tribal and ethnic politics has swallowed up great powers before. It remains to be seen whether the United States will become the next victim.