Regions / Asia & Pacific
As Washington prepares for war in Iraq, officials are trying to reassure Afghanistan that it will not be lost in the shuffle
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.
From Yemen to Kuwait and Pakistan, is the entanglement of the U.S. in the Islamic world actually serving the group's long-term strategy?
Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee J. William Fulbright's observations and warnings appear deeply relevant to the United States under George W. Bush, particularly in the wake of the publication last week of the administration's sweeping National Security Strategy of the United States of America and its request that Congress authorize a war resolution arguably as broad and as unilateral as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution approved in the early stages of the Vietnam War.
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.
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
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.