Regions / Europe & Central Asia
The Taliban are acutely aware that sustained donor interest and military support will not last forever; donor fatigue, shifting budgetary priorities, and waning donor attention are inevitable.
We have yet to pay the complete costs of the militarization of foreign policy under the Bush administration, and the bill will be high.
With a constitution ratified and the country's first elections in decades scheduled for June-July 2004--although the continued deterioration of security conditions have placed this target in doubt--the Bonn political process has entered its final phase.
Afghans have seized the opportunity provided by the United States and its international partners to lay the foundation for democratic institutions and provide a framework for national elections.
The recent spectacle of President George W. Bush being paraded through the streets of London by Tony Blair to celebrate the "Special Relationship," provokes the question of what is so special about it.
It remains to be seen whether a new marker has been set in al Qaeda's range.
One thing is certain--America has lost patience, and wants to see the remaining war crimes suspects rounded up. Belgrade and Zagreb have run out of time.
erbia plunged itself into confrontation with The Hague--and possibly also the international community--this week, by refusing to hand over four former commanders in Kosovo whose indictments were made public on October 20.
Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq is "under control," particularly when it comes to monetary costs.
A number of factors and conditions have led to Afghanistan's security dilemma.