Regions / Europe & Central Asia
Not a shot has been fired--yet--at Afghanistan's Taliban, but the country's beleaguered population already is paying a heavy price for the ruling militia's pariah status as host to alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
If there is any logic to the terrorists' madness, it is to have the U.S. over-react and turn large segments of the Islamic world against the West. To launch a major military operation against Afghanistan would play right into Osama bin Laden's hands.
The Bush administration looks to Central Asia for support in Afghanistan
Whatever turn events take from here onward, the Pakistani state and society is bracing for a troubling time ahead.
The signing of the Ohrid "framework document" will provide legitimacy to the occupation of Macedonia by NATO troops and the militarization of the entire Balkans region.
In Macedonia peace remains elusive, despite the signing of a political compromise between Macedonia's ethnic Albanian and Macedonian leaders on August 13.
The growth of anti-Americanism is obvious not just in the Middle East and other third world conflict areas, but even within Western European countries long considered to be among America's strongest allies.
In Russia today we are seeing only the first stage in the creation of a new democratic movement.
The likely conviction of Milosevic will remain only a partial victory as long as the United States opposes the establishment of an International Criminal Court.
All sorts of proposals about a final settlement on Kashmir are being floated, but what is going to work?