Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the intricacy of attacks indicate Pakistani government link.
Team Obama is more pragmatic and less ideological than its predecessors, say diplomats and campaign advisers. Afghanistan will be a foreign-policy priority.
Under Obama, the US may send 20,000 more troops and encourage talks with the Taliban in an effort to reclaim the upper hand in Afghanistan.
Security for reporters improved worldwide, but Pakistan remains one of the deadliest places for the profession in 2008.
The diplomatic row between India and Pakistan continues to deepen following the November terrorist attack as both countries send more troops to their borders.
The financial crisis, war on two fronts, and, above all, the US election make 2008 historic.