The Pakistan military is constructing a base in the Swat Valley to ward off threats from the Pakistan Taliban and spillover conflict from Afghanistan.
The only certainty is that Karzai's time is up.
Efforts to steer Afghan farmers away from growing poppies for the illegal drug trade have largely failed. But one promising new alternative is the pomegranate, an ancient and delicious fruit. Demand for it in the West is soaring.
President Obama rounded out his State of the Union speech with the story of Cory Remsburg, the gravely wounded soldier who has made an astounding comeback.
The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.
Contractors billing for education that barely happened and vast numbers of illiterate recruits in the field? Yes.
Could it be time to take Karzai's words and actions at face value, and give him what he appears to want?