The democratic activists who orchestrated Georgia's "rose revolution" made history when President Eduard Shevarnadze agreed to resign from office. The process of political succession in Georgia is now in full swing, and power seems likely to move to a new generation of leaders, men and women who have reached political maturity in the last days of the Soviet Union, or even later.
The terrorist bombings in Istanbul over the past week make it all the more easy to imagine this scenario the United States. And since terrorists often want to send messages during elections, it is worth asking: how would Americans, and how should Americans, respond if terrorists strike during the presidential campaign.
Heydar Aliyev, president of oil-rich Azerbaijan, has finally accepted the frailties of age, withdrawing from the October 15 presidential election in favor of his son Ilham. This is the time for concerted international effort to ensure that those who bought the Azerbaijan's election don't own the country's presidency.
When the end of the Cold War largely eliminated the likelihood of a global thermonuclear war, policymakers turned their attention to the very real danger that weapons of mass destruction could be used in smaller, but still horrifically deadly numbers. Ballistic missiles garnered the most of the attention, though they are only one-and perhaps the most difficult-method of delivery of these weapons.
Minxin Pei participated in a Frontline online roundtable discussion, "Democracy, Sooner or Later?" assessing the prospects for democracy in China.
Anatol Lieven reflects on the changes evident in Pakistan after an absence of ten years.
Afghanistan's terrain presents many challenges for military operations. Political action will be a crucial complement to any military campaign.