Regions / Asia & Pacific
So much for nuclear weapons as a deterrent against war
As tensions between India and Pakistan began building late last year, high-level delegations from the United States and Britain flew in and out of New Delhi and Karachi
Since September 11 and the ensuing war on terrorism, Central Asia's geopolitics have been further complicated by the new military presence of the United States, whose troops are now stationed in China's and Russia's backyard.
At one level there is a kind of donor fatigue, at another there are concerns about security in the country.
This week's official inauguration of the African Union (AU), which replaces the moribund Organization of African Unity (OAU), was held amid predictable fanfare.
No one knows how big the problem of clandestine trafficking in radioactive materials is.
"Free and fair" elections under a military government imply continuity of military rule, not a transfer of power to an elected parliament.
Planners have to consider how to make the Loya Jirga fair and accessible to the country's largely illiterate population, and keep it from becoming a platform for tribal, political, and ethnic violence.
Bush administration officials argue that the Indonesian army has reformed since the bad old days of two years ago and needs our help in its struggle against terrorism. They are wrong.
Why, all of a sudden, is India acting so belligerently and risking disaster?