A presentation by The Honorable Alexander Vershbow, Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation.
The Taliban are regrouping in the lawless tribal region in the Afghan-Pakistan border. Poor strategy in Afghanistan is partly to blame but a key part of the problem is Pakistan. U.S. support for Musharraf who has helped capture most Al-Qaeda operatives, has meant that jihadi terrorists which the regime employs against India have been ignored. This will aggravate the problems in Afghanistan.
It is unlikely that the meeting between Wen Jiabao and George Bush will result in any drastic changes in either country's policies. Nonetheless, it will provide a valuable opportunity for the two leaders to clarify their respective positions and hopefully bridge some of the differences that exist on key issues between China and the United States.
Participants from across the Middle East joined U.S. and European scholars and policy-makers at a three-day conference in Kuwait, to discuss the role of Islamist groups in Arab political reform. While suspicious of the U.S., most participants professed support for democratic principles and expressed interest in continuing the dialogue.
Given the centrality of the Taiwan issue in U.S.-China relations, Democratic and Republican administrations alike have supported democracy and freedom for Taiwan while maintaining a stable and cooperative relationship with China. When American policy loses its balance, the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangular relationship begins to come apart, to the detriment of all.
Current US strategy in the "war on terrorism" is a kind of zombie. It has been killed, slowly and painfully, by the Iraqi Sunni Arab insurgency of recent months. Its rotting corpse still walks around as if alive but as time goes by more and more bits are going to fall off. The question for uncommitted European governments is whether they should join this spectacle.