While most of the world is focused on the tragedy unfolding in Japan, Washington today was all about Afghanistan. In front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, General David Petraeus, commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, gave much-anticipated testimony on the progress of the war. Not too surprisingly, the general had good news:
As a bottom line up front, it is ISAF’s assessment that the momentum achieved by the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2005 has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in a number of important areas. However, while the security progress achieved over . . .
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Much has been said of China’s push outwards in Southeast Asia. We even mentioned it here, discussing the coming maritime arms race in the Pacific between China and its rivals. However, China is also expanding its influence westwards into Central Asia, which poses important strategic questions for the United States. The extent of China’s Central Asia policies is particularly evident in Tajikistan.
The two countries have for several years grown increasingly close. China is pouring investments into its neighboring country, and in the spirit of warming relations the Tajik government recently agreed to demarcate its shared border with China. On January . . .
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