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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."

April 2001
Making Peace in Sri Lanka
by Miriam Young
"Sri Lanka's troubles will be solved only through a political settlement that guarantees the fundamental freedom and human dignity of all Sri Lanka's citizens, regardless of ethnic or religious identity."

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