Regions / Europe & Central Asia
The latest UN security council resolution does give us some small hope for a more multilateral future.
The only parties celebrating this recent move are the madmen on both sides who would plunge Northern Ireland back into civil war.
As Washington prepares for war in Iraq, officials are trying to reassure Afghanistan that it will not be lost in the shuffle
With all this talk of freedom, it is important to ask the question, how are Afghan women enduring American-style freedom?
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.
Afghanistan is beginning to look like a quagmire rather than a victory, with echoes of the confusion and uncertainty and persistent bloodshedding of Vietnam.
The current South Asian crisis seems to have ebbed, but the underlying dynamic remains.
No one knows how big the problem of clandestine trafficking in radioactive materials is.
"Free and fair" elections under a military government imply continuity of military rule, not a transfer of power to an elected parliament.
Russia's former republics have fixed borders, but Russia's conception of its own southern frontier appears to remain undefined. After a casual meeting with the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in Aktau, Kazakhstan on July 6