By Gael Raballand (8/29/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Relations between Central Asian countries and WTO are guided by political manoeuvres. In this region, WTO is mainly perceived as a symbol of the western world a sort of a NATO counterpart regarding trade issues. It is worth noting that the negotiation process is closely linked to the image those countries are striving to give in the region.
By Ihsan D. Dagi (5/8/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)BACKGROUND: The main strategic choice that Turkey faces is presented as on the one hand the U.S./Israel axis, which would promote Turkey as a regional power in the Eurasian context; and on the other an EU-oriented policy that would include Turkey in that major political/economic blocks and focus on its economic development.
By Stephen Blank (12/5/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Of the making of international quagmires there seems to be no end. Afghanistan is only the latest example where governments have failed or disintegrated due to their own belligerence, leaving the international community no choice but to reconstitute public order lest humanitarian disaster and war endlessly ravage it. As in many other previous cases, Afghanistan’s prognosis, despite the undoubted progress of the Bonn conference on establishing a future government, is guarded.
By Maria Sultan (12/5/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Asymmetry of firepower has always been both a goal in itself and a method of war for powerful states, who have felt the desire to have a leading edge over their adversaries’ capacity to fight. However, the logic of the use of asymmetry of power in itself understandably leads to an asymmetric response by the weaker party. The most obvious examples of different actors turning to fight such asymmetric wars, from the American perspective, is the Viet Cong, which in the early stages of the conflict was repeatedly defeated by overwhelming US power, but turned it into an eventual success due to its use of asymmetric methods of war, making use of terrain, local population, ambushes, i.
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