Regions / Europe & Central Asia
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.
Since September 11 and the ensuing war on terrorism, Central Asia's geopolitics have been further complicated by the new military presence of the United States, whose troops are now stationed in China's and Russia's backyard.
Some call the present era one of U.S. hegemony. Others, especially in Europe, call it empire.
At one level there is a kind of donor fatigue, at another there are concerns about security in the country.
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
The United States' actions speak louder than words for Indian and Pakistani leaders.
There is reason to believe nuclear capability may make the chances of war worse in South Asia.