Dan Murphy With the outcome of Afghanistan‘s controversial presidential election still in doubt, and uncertainty over Afghan forces’ ability to stand against the Taliban after most US forces withdraw, it’s hard to say with certainty what the US-led war there has accomplished, or failed to accomplish. But one thing is clear, as shown by latest quarterly report from the US Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction: The $7 billion US program to eradicate poppy cultivation there over the past decade has been a flop.
Yuba Nath Lamsal The present Nepali Congress-CPN-UML coalition government headed by Congress President Sushil Koirala has completed its 100 days in office. The 100 days for a new government headed by an inexperienced Prime Minister are just the period to get familiar with the matters relating to governance and it virtually cannot take any concrete actions within this period. However, this is the period that is sufficient for any government to prioritize its agendas and policies and set clear goals and action plan to achieve what it wants in a long-term basis. But the government with experienced prime minister and other cabinet members can do a lot during this period. Thus, the period of 100 days for a new government is called a honeymoon period to get things started. On the basis of the 100 days the performance of any new government cannot be evaluated and its activities generalized. However, this period is sufficient enough to set an appropriate course of future actions and approaches to achieve the set goals and one can clearly assess how this government will move ahead and how it may fare.
Yuba Nath Lamsal With the new leadership taking the helms of government in Nepal, India and China, it is now more likely that the concept of trilateral strategic cooperation among these three close neighbors will once again take a shape benefitting all of them. Now all the three countries—Nepal, China and India— have new leadership with fresh mandate and more commitment to spearhead their countries to greater prosperity through mutually shared cooperation and exchange of experiences among neighbors and friends. Nepal, China and India have many things in common and are destined to cooperate with one another to tackle the common and identical problems facing them. History, nature, and culture have compelled them to work together.
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