Regions / Asia & Pacific
Though force may be the only language that Afghanistan's spoiler groups understand, they can only survive as long as they have a fountain of discontent to draw support from. Remove this support base, and these groups will succumb to pressure and fade away
With the war launched in Iraq, the Bush administration appears to be laying the groundwork for its next move: an attack on North Korea.
The success of peace-building activities in Afghanistan is dependent on the existence of a robust and durable commitment by the international community.
Afghanistan and Iraq, wracked by decades of conflict and deprivation, require intensive, long-term, and durable commitments of international support.
The internationally supported reconstruction and nation-building effort in Afghanistan can boast many successes in the period since the Taliban's collapse in November 2001.
Roh is facing even longer odds in the international arena, as he is simultaneously trying to establish peace with North Korea and negotiate a more just relationship with the United States.
Soon after the terrorist attacks of September 2001, the Bush administration launched the "second front" of its war on terrorism, deploying troops in the Philippines for training and joint military exercises in late 2001 and early 2002.
U.S. prepares for potential use of force against North Korea, its commitment to full diplomatic engagement would reassure Asian allies of the U.S. desire to solve the Korean crisis short of military action.
Despite some advances, the Uzbek government continues to appear reluctant to broaden civic participation in the country.
For the past two years, the Bush administration has treated North Korea like a child throwing a tantrum.