The wish list includes continued security aid to balance China, greater engagement, and trade.
The longtime Monitor correspondent distinguished himself in the Middle East.
The US, India, and Afghanistan are pressuring the government to root out pro-Taliban agents.
Counterinsurgency efforts require US soldiers to shift from fighting to peacekeeping, but many feel ill-prepared to conduct investigations and interact with Iraqis.
A mixed verdict against Salim Ahmed Hamdan has his defense lawyers preparing to appeal to federal civilian courts.
The case against Aafia Siddiqui, who has been missing since 2003, raises questions about illegal detention centers across Pakistan.
The Supreme Court prevented the signing of a territorial accord between the state and MILF, a rebel group, Monday. Opponents had called the deal unconstitutional.