Issues / War & Peace
With the new conflict in Iraq, the stakes for the future U.S. role in the world could not be higher.
The radical Islamist message falls on fertile ground.
In the vaguely defined international coalition in the "war against terrorism" India and Pakistan occupy perhaps the most uncomfortable positions.
In the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies, arms production and sales worldwide will likely continue their upward trajectory--encouraged by national policies and supported by multilateral economic institutions.
The costs of fixing America's nuclear vulnerabilities may be high, but the price of doing too little may prove far greater.
Afghanistan's complex and violent tribal and ethnic politics has swallowed up great powers before. It remains to be seen whether the United States will become the next victim.
If nothing is done to take international action to strengthen the ban on germ weapons, the future may hold far more damaging attacks with newer and deadlier agents, genetically engineered to be unidentifiable and untreatable.
Operation Enduring Freedom
Since September 11, the United Nations has gained a rare prominence in Washington's calculations.
To reach its public diplomacy goals, the U.S. will need to master the tools of intercultural and public communication.