He's emphasized personal relationships with leaders such as Putin and Musharraf.
The unpopular leader announced Monday he would step down, avoiding the drive to impeach him.
Pakistan's unpopular president resigned Monday, leaving a divided government to pick a successor and face other mounting problems.
US officials say the system is merely a protection against rogue states like Iran.
Afghan and NATO officials are seeing a rise in numbers of foreign fighters in Afghanistan at the same time US officials say attacks by Al Qaeda in Iraq have sharply dropped.
Government strategy has been ineffective, and officials are preoccupied with bid to oust Musharraf.
Oil-pipeline routes, market leverage make struggle a 'battle for energy.'