As Bush criticized Israel's recent anti-terrorism operations, some people see this as the beginning of a shift toward a less aggressive foreign policy. By turning Bush into a Middle East mediator, these people think they can shunt him off the road that leads to real security and peace--the road that runs through Baghdad. We trust the president will see and avoid this trap.
The immediate response of President Bush and his administration to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States was a success. But what comes next? A grand vision of the purposes of American power is needed not only to shape strategy, but also to sustain support from the American people and America’s allies.
Traveling through Afghanistan, one is struck by stark contrasts and divisions. With different factions and militias ruling in different regions, the prospects for a prolonged peace seem dim--or at least would require a serious international effort. But the Bush Administration's attention has already passed to its plans for a war in Iraq, and it seems ready to forget Afghanistan once again.
After the September 11 attacks, the global threat of radical Islamist terrorism gave the United States an opportunity to rally much of the world behind it. But by mixing up the struggle against terrorism with a very different effort at preventing nuclear proliferation, and by refusing to take the interests of other states into account, the US risks endangering itself and its closest allies.
Speaker: William F. Browder,
Chief Executive Officer,
Hermitage Capital Management, Moscow.
The meeting was chaired by Andrew Kuchins, director of the Russian and Eurasian program.
One should not minimize how difficult it would be to sharply cut back drug protection in Afghanistan. The network of drug dealers is fully intertwined with the traditional local elite in many parts of Afghanistan, as it is in parts of Central Asia.
It is clear that the role of the Chinese media has changed dramatically from the days when it functioned strictly as an ideological Party mouthpiece and government cheerleader. At the same time, its evolutionary trajectory remains unclear.
Michael McFaul discusses political developments in Russia and the prospects of democracy under Putin.
David Hoffman discusses his new book on Russia's oligarchs and the country's transition in the 1990s.