For China, the Olympics are no longer a sporting event – they are a battle to define how the country is seen by its citizens and the world
Europe and the U.S need a new strategy to deal with Afghanistan and Pakistan. A transatlantic Baker-Hamilton-style commission is necessary.
Nicolas Sarkozy will soon announce whether he will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics. He should definitely go.
The Paris conference this week is a “last-chance” saloon for Afghanistan and donor governments
The Afghan opium economy continues to grow. To have any chance of success, international efforts need to focus on security and bringing criminal kingpins to justice through a specialised UN court.
The assasination attempt on Hamid Karzai should prompt a re-think of the international community’s Afghan policy
During his upcoming visit to China, EC President Barroso will need to convince the Chinese leadership to begin talks with the Dalai Lama
EU governments should put concrete demands to the Chinese government, including a comprehensive review of its Tibet policy
European leaders need to follow France and Poland’s example and take a tougher line on China, with real political threats, if the situation in Tibet does not improve
Kai Eide’s appointment as the UN envoy in Kabul provides an opportunity to craft a new international strategy for Afghanistan and the region