With Myanmar’s embrace of democratic reforms during the past two years, the U.S. has quickly warmed to the country. Meanwhile, China has lost its once solid footing in Myanmar, pulling back on investments.
The Navy's top submarine commander in the Pacific says he's concerned cuts to the civilian workforce at the nation's naval shipyards will mean submarines won't be ready to deploy as quickly in 2015 and beyond.
Bamiyan, a picturesque but deeply impoverished province in north-central Afghanistan, has remained largely peaceful since international forces left earlier this year, but now a neighbor’s instability is making life difficult for residents.
Less than an hour’s drive from the sleepy city of Bamiyan, with its giant Buddhas, nascent tourism industry, and zero foreign troops, this rugged mountain district in what many consider the safest province in the country has quietly become a tense battleground between government forces and insurgents. It may provide a peek at what Afghanistan faces in a post-NATO world.
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