Regions / Asia & Pacific
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.
We now know that Rumsfeld urges using "the force necessary to prevail, plus some" and rejects "promising ... not to permit collateral damage."
The latest UN security council resolution does give us some small hope for a more multilateral future.
There is a big difference between principled diplomacy that genuinely seeks a peaceful resolution to ensure a nonnuclear North Korea and a policy that is perceived as hubristic and hostile.
Papua, until recently known as Irian Jaya, constitutes more than 20% of the Indonesian landmass, but has a relatively small population of just over two million (about one percent of Indonesia's population), with about 65% of that population being ethnic P
As Washington prepares for war in Iraq, officials are trying to reassure Afghanistan that it will not be lost in the shuffle
With all this talk of freedom, it is important to ask the question, how are Afghan women enduring American-style freedom?
A shift in the nation-building strategy adopted by the international community in Afghanistan is needed.
China watchers will never agree about whether this institutionalized power transition can succeed.
The fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in November 2001 presented the international community with an unprecedented opportunity to restore peace and security to a perennial trouble spot.