Regions / Europe & Central Asia
No amount of expensive innovation in arms can provide for a sustainable counterinsurgency operation.
Desperate to secure supply routes to Afghanistan, the United States has been spending at least six times more on military aid for the mostly authoritarian states of Central Asia than on efforts to promote political liberalisation and human rights in the region.
By occupying Afghanistan, the United States hurts itself in almost as many ways as it does Afghanistan.
India and Pakistan's dangerous dance requires careful choreography.
Grandiosity plus ineptitude equals a senseless death.
The hearts and minds of Pakistan have spoken. But they can't be heard above the white noise of war.
6,500 halted vehicles an indication of the power of veto Pakistan has over the war in Afghanistan.
Sometimes it's the little things in the big stories that catch your eye.
Is control of its nuclear program what the United States and NATO ultimately want from Pakistan?
Once again, a Democratic president's fear of appearing weak has, in fact, weakened the United States.