Shoislam AKMALOV

Shoislam Akmalov, Ph.D. (Political Science), Deputy Rector, Tashkent Islamic Institute (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)

Afghanistan is living through a protracted stage of the so-called postwar settlement process and the growing threat of further deterioration. It has become obvious that the United States and its allies are unable to maintain stability in Afghanistan in the context of the mounting political tension around Iran and Pakistan.

An analysis of the current situation in Afghanistan must inevitably take into account two key events: President George W. Bushs visit to Afghanistan and the London Donor Conference on Afghanistan. These events have determined the course of Washingtons and the world communitys Afghan policy and symbolize its evolution.

President George W. Bushs Surprise Visit to Kabul

On 1 March, 2006, the U.S. president visited Kabul under conditions of the worsening military and political situation in Afghanistan. According to Western media, the confidential stopover that lasted four hours was part of the presidents planned visit to India and Pakistan. It was his first visit to Afghanistan since the launching of the U.S.-led counterterrorist operation. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice accompanied the president.

The Washington administration did its best to conceal the visit; under the original plan, President Bush was to visit India and Pakistan first and then travel to Afghanistan. It seems that the

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