The whole world is closely paying attention to what the US is doing in Afghanistan, because this is the first experience of a war on terrorism. When the military presence will end is difficult to say. But whatever happens, if we cannot demonstrate to other countries that we are able to finish what we started, than the other countries will think that the US is lacking in diligence and resolve.
If the U.S. succeeds in getting Ukraine to face up to the proliferation threat that its nuclear capabilities still pose, then we might be on the road to restoring the U.S.-Ukrainian bilateral relationship. And if Russia proves to be a good partner in this effort, then it might open up important possibilities for the future. In particular, if this works, then maybe it will work on North Korea.
Co-Directors and Senior Associates of Carnegie's China Program, Minxin Pei and Michael Swaine, took part in a panel discussion assessing the just-concluded 16th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. They were joined by David "Mike" Lampton, Professor and Director of China Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Tom Carothers, Director of Carnegie's Democracy and Rule of Law Project, served as moderator.
Major problems are delaying the otherwise successful collaboration between the U.S. and Russia to prevent the theft of poorly-secured weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and related materials, technologies and expertise in the former Soviet Union. Government failure to correct these problems threatens to leave vast stockpiles of nuclear and chemical weapons and biological agents vulnerable.
In many countries, tenets of the Washington Consensus -- privatization, trade liberalization and fiscal austerity -- have become politically noxious ideas. That is too bad. The consensus may be an impaired brand, but some of the ideas remain sound. The blanket repudiations of the Washington consensus in the early 2000s tend to be as superficial as their blanket acceptance a decade ago.