Regions / Asia & Pacific
Not a shot has been fired--yet--at Afghanistan's Taliban, but the country's beleaguered population already is paying a heavy price for the ruling militia's pariah status as host to alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
If there is any logic to the terrorists' madness, it is to have the U.S. over-react and turn large segments of the Islamic world against the West. To launch a major military operation against Afghanistan would play right into Osama bin Laden's hands.
The Bush administration looks to Central Asia for support in Afghanistan
Did we make a monster out of Bin Laden?
Whatever turn events take from here onward, the Pakistani state and society is bracing for a troubling time ahead.
Global warming is an example of an environmental issue that is perhaps not as obviously vital to national interests as terrorism, but which--like terrorism--has the potential to affect the entire world and not just the United States.
Conflict in the Phillippines between Muslim rebels and government
America is still looking mainly for military allies in Southeast Asia--as if the cold war never ended. This is the central message of a new report issued this month by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on what the Bush administration should be doing
All sorts of proposals about a final settlement on Kashmir are being floated, but what is going to work?
Increasing repression by government forces is strengthening independence sentiment in Indonesia's easternmost province of West Papua, also known as Irian Jaya.