Asia

Weaning Afghanistan off drugs

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

No Afghan spring

The assasination attempt on Hamid Karzai should prompt a re-think of the international community’s Afghan policy

For Tibet, Barroso’s China visit is key

During his upcoming visit to China, EC President Barroso will need to convince the Chinese leadership to begin talks with the Dalai Lama

Tibet – avoiding the tie-break

EU governments should put concrete demands to the Chinese government, including a comprehensive review of its Tibet policy

The threat of a boycott

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

One China against one dream

The events shaking the wider Tibetan area should lead both the Chinese government and its international partners to a deep reconsideration of past policies

What’s next for Tibet?

The EU needs to act to ensure that China does not use violence to put down protests in Tibet, but engages the Dalai Lama in real dialogue

China?s African propaganda offensive

A new propaganda offensive by China on its activities in Africa provides an opening for the West. We should use this to persuade China to take responsibility for its impact in Africa

Don’t mention the war

European defence chiefs should help improve the EU’s lacklustre performance in Afghanistan