Regions / Europe & Central Asia
The fall of the Soviet Union handed the U.S. a unique opportunity, as the surviving superpower, to lead the world toward a period of greater cooperation and conflict resolution through the use of diplomacy, global organization, and international law. This great opportunity is being squandered, as the world becomes a more dangerous place.
The Ukraine should seriously consider the option of working with all parties involved in its current crisis--including the European Union, Russia, and the United States--in taking possible steps toward its nonviolent dismemberment in a manner acceptable to its variegated population.
The unequivocal French rejection of the new European Constitution anticipates the turbulence ahead in much of Europe.
Iran and the EU3 (Britain, France, and Germany) essentially agreed to an atomic breathing spell in Geneva on Wednesday, May 25th.
Will the parliamentary elections deepen democracy in Afghanistan?
Some elements of the American left have committed a grievous error, both morally and strategically, in their failure to enthusiastically support the momentous pro-democracy movement in the Ukraine.
Afghanistan will undergo the first presidential elections in the countrys history on October 9, 2004.
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.