Regions / Asia & Pacific
The devastating terrorist attack that struck the U.S. on September 11, 2001, shattered New Yorks massive World Trade Center, a piece of the Pentagon, thousands of innocent lives, and the illusion that sophisticated technology and powerful weapons could keep America safe.
President Bushs inclusion of North Korea in an axis of evil with Iran and Iraq is only the latest indication of Washingtons new hard-line approach to Pyongyang.
Not since anticommunism was used to excuse the arming and training of repressive governments during the cold war has there been such a broad, fail-safe rationale to provide military aid and arms to disreputable foreign militaries.
For a supposedly changeless, monolithic state, North Korea shakes up the staid world of diplomacy with surprising frequency.
Since 2000, when U.S. relations with both halves of the Korean Peninsula seemed to be on the upswing, Washington has managed to unravel its incipient relationship with Pyongyang while tangling its ties with Seoul.
Aceh, so long isolated from international view by the Indonesian government and military, is now--tragically--at the center of world attention.
Hope springs eternal that the Bush administration, in its new post-election configuration, will finally get serious about the North Korean nuclear crisis.
The first thing to say about Kyoto's entry into force (Feb 16th) is that it is a significant victory, won particularly by the Europeans, over social and economic complacency, cash-amplified, flat-earth pseudo-science, the carbon cartel, and, of course, the Bush administration.
King Gyanendra has taken the people of Nepal on a disastrous course, using the excuse of fighting an insurgency to compromise democracy.
The problems for international security posed by North Koreas nuclear ambitions receive abundant attention and analysis.