Regions / Asia & Pacific
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.
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.
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
At one level there is a kind of donor fatigue, at another there are concerns about security in the country.