Regions / Afghanistan
Almost two years after the fall of the Taliban, peace and security in Afghanistan still remains elusive.
While President Bush told the UN General Assembly that Washington's belief in "human dignity" was the main U.S. motivation for pursuing the war, two articles that appeared in two major U.S. newspapers the same morning offered the delegates an altogether different subtext.
On the eve of the third anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution linking Iraq to the al-Qaida attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Will the parliamentary elections deepen democracy in Afghanistan?
Afghanistan will undergo the first presidential elections in the countrys history on October 9, 2004.
The Taliban are acutely aware that sustained donor interest and military support will not last forever; donor fatigue, shifting budgetary priorities, and waning donor attention are inevitable.
We have yet to pay the complete costs of the militarization of foreign policy under the Bush administration, and the bill will be high.
With a constitution ratified and the country's first elections in decades scheduled for June-July 2004--although the continued deterioration of security conditions have placed this target in doubt--the Bonn political process has entered its final phase.
Afghans have seized the opportunity provided by the United States and its international partners to lay the foundation for democratic institutions and provide a framework for national elections.
Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq is "under control," particularly when it comes to monetary costs.