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April 2006
Asia’s Challenged Giants
"China and India are already major players in the global economy. However, their impact in coming decades on the world's economic and strategic landscape will depend . . . on how each deals with its structural and economic challenges."

April 2005
Nuclear Asia's Challenges
by Dinshaw Mistry
The middle-term challenges of averting a nuclear arms race in Asia are closely linked to the more immediate concern of reversing proliferation in North Korea.

March 2005
First Steps: The Afghan Elections
by Thomas J. Barfield
"For [Hamid] Karzai, winning a nationwide plebiscite made him the first elected leader in Afghan history and legitimized his government. . . . But his electoral victory will prove hollow unless he succeeds in using this window of opportunity to permanently change the dynamic of Afghan politics."

March 2005
America and Pakistan: Is the Worst Case Avoidable?
by Stephen Philip Cohen
"America should be concerned about the deeper causes of Pakistan's malaise, lest the country become the kind of nuclear-armed monster state that its critics already think it is."

March 2005
Less-Than-Great Expectations: The Pakistani-Russian Rapprochement
by Mark N. Katz
"The expansion of Pakistani-Russian ties to include a significant arms relationship appears to depend on a deterioration in the Russian-Indian relationship that Moscow will not initiate and desperately wants to avoid."

April 2004
Pakistan, the Other Rogue Nation
by Sumit Ganguly
"There is little question that ultimate responsibility for the dispersal of nuclear technology from Pakistan rests squarely with the Pakistani military."

April 2004
Musharraf's Pakistan: A Nation on the Edge
by Alyssa Ayres
"Making peace with India may offer the only possible avenue for rolling back the military, bringing about democracy, fostering tolerance, developing the economy, and strengthening civil society."

April 2004
India and America: Estranged No More
by Gautam Adhikari
"A growing awareness of India's economic and strategic potential has led to serious revaluation in the United States of the India relationship."

April 2004
(Re)Building Afghanistan: The Folly of Stateless Democracy
by Barnett R. Rubin
"Unlike Iraq, in Afghanistan an international consensus supports common goals for the entire operation, providing a test of whether the 'international community' is capable of effective joint action to make societies secure, even when their insecurity threatens the whole world. So far the results indicate that governments and international institutions are not up to the job."

April 2003
India's Economic Liberalization: A Progress Report
by Shalendra D. Sharma
"Renewing the momentum of reform, and thereby broadening and reviving growth, is essential if India is to achieve its economic goal of breaking out of the third world."

September 2002
China and Pakistan: Strains in the Relationship
by Devin T. Hagerty
Although the American war on terrorism has altered the regional landscape, "China and Pakistan continue to derive substantial value from their close relationship. For Islamabad, Beijing remains its most steadfast friend in international affairs. United States interest in Pakistan waxes and wanes, but China has proved itself to be in Pakistan's corner over the long haul."

April 2002
India and Pakistan in the Shadow of Afghanistan
by Sumit Ganguly
"Two questions about the long-term future of American South Asia policy linger. . . . Will the United States avoid the error of abandoning Afghanistan after its goal of ridding the region of Al Qaeda is met? And will it remain engaged sufficiently with Pakistan to help restructure that country's domestic institutions and its external priorities?"

April 2002
A Blueprint for Afghanistan
by Barnett R. Rubin
"September 11 revealed the dangers of allowing so-called humanitarian emergencies or failed states to fester-not only to neighboring countries but to the world. An American administration that came to power denouncing efforts at 'nation building' and criticizing reliance on international organizations and agreements has now proclaimed that it needs to ensure a 'stable Afghanistan' to prevent that country from ever again becoming a haven for terrorists."

April 2002
An Interview with Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah
by Sean Patrick Murphy
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah serves as minister of foreign affairs in the interim government of Chairman Hamid Karzai. Abdullah, who was a close aide to Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, previously served as spokesman, un representative, and deputy foreign minister for the pre-Taliban government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani. Dr. Abdullah was interviewed by Current History consulting editor Sean Patrick Murphy in Washington, D.C. this January.

April 2002
India, Pakistan, and the Prospect of War
by Alexander Evans
"India seized an opportunity in December 2001. In escalating a crisis into a global drama, Prime Minister Vajpayee and his colleagues took a calculated risk. Has it worked?"

March 2002
Rebuilding Afghanistan
by Marina Ottaway and Anatol Lieven
"In the past several decades, the international community has relied on three approaches to deal with countries that descend into chaos. It has supported strongmen capable of reimposing order by force; it has given up in despair, leaving the country to sort out its problems as best it can; and, most recently, it has embarked on ambitious projects to reconstruct the country in the image of a modern secular, multiethnic, and democratic state. None of these approaches should be used in Afghanistan."

January 2002
The Other Allies: Russia, India, and Afghanistan's United Front
by Thomas Withington
"Russia and India can argue that without their support, the United Front would have not defeated the Taliban. . . . Because of this instrumental support, India and Russia will undoubtedly expect to have a voice in Afghanistan's future."

December 2001
Putting South Asia Back Together Again
by Sumit Ganguly
"Should the United States simply relegate Afghanistan, and South Asia in general, to the outer fringes of its concerns once bin Laden and his acolytes in the Al Qaeda terror network have been either prosecuted or destroyed, Afghanistan could again become a fertile arena for the genesis of other militant Islamist organizations intent on wreaking havoc on the Western world."

April 2001
India's New Mantra: The Internet
by Gyanesh Kudaisya
"At first sight the Internet in India seems ubiquitous. Yet questions remain about the penetration it has achieved, the sophistication of its use, and the benefits it is likely to offer to a developing nation like India."

April 2001
Why Peace Won't Come to Kashmir
by Alexander Evans
"An assortment of views are held about what different segments of Kashmiri society might want, if they could truly choose. But a solution to the problem of Kashmir remains in the hands of three distinct players: the Kashmiris, and the governments of India and Pakistan."

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