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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
Europe has witnessed an unprecedented political attack on the authority of the United Nations, committed by a clan that--in the opinion of a predominant majority of Europeans--occupies the White House illegally.
The success of peace-building activities in Afghanistan is dependent on the existence of a robust and durable commitment by the international community.
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.
Afghanistan and Iraq, wracked by decades of conflict and deprivation, require intensive, long-term, and durable commitments of international support.
The U.S. is offering to help Turkey become part of the "New Europe" in return for its cooperation if U.S. forces invade Iraq. Turkey has been striving to become a member of the European Union (EU) for years, but a number of hurdles remain
Despite some advances, the Uzbek government continues to appear reluctant to broaden civic participation in the country.
Decision by the American commander in Afghanistan to expand security- and reconstruction-related missions beyond Kabul.
The new Turkish government, led by the moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party, finds itself almost quite literally between Iraq and a hard place.
A shift in the nation-building strategy adopted by the international community in Afghanistan is needed.