Regions / Asia & Pacific
Afghanistan is beginning to look like a quagmire rather than a victory, with echoes of the confusion and uncertainty and persistent bloodshedding of Vietnam.
Powell's failure to obtain any assurances of further concessions by either side cannot therefore said to be a disappointment.
The current South Asian crisis seems to have ebbed, but the underlying dynamic remains.
We should be urging changes to a Bush foreign policy that has diminished the importance of peacemaking and international human rights.
It is time India realizes that it has to develop its own low-cost farming strategies, suited to the needs of the country.
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.