Regions / Asia & Pacific
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.
The Japanese weekly magazine Aera questioned whether Kim Jong Il would follow the cooperative path of Moammar Gadhafi, or continue along the confrontational, and ultimately self-destructive, path that Saddam Hussein trod.
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.
The tug of war between the hawks and doves over North Korea policy continues within the Bush administration.
Look for the Bush administration to push its "Proliferation Security Initiative" (PSI) during the president's October trip to Asia.
"If you harbor a terrorist, if you support a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorists. And the Taliban found out what we meant," U.S. President George W. Bush told military personnel in Fort Stewart, Ga., on Sept. 12.
A number of factors and conditions have led to Afghanistan's security dilemma.
Pakistan's national defense strategy centers on protecting the country's nuclear weapons capability from a threat by one or more of three states that are currently working very closely - the United States, India and Israel.
It is a testament to the absurdly low expectations attached to the diplomatic abilities of both North Korea and the United States that pundits have avoided the obvious conclusion concerning the recently concluded Six-Party Talks in Beijing.