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New Threats, New Alliances

Has the war against terror replaced the cold war as the new organizing principle for world politics? Or will it be back to business as usual for the international community once Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda network are defeated? On the face of it, a lot has changed since Sept. 11. For starters, the U.S., Russia, Pakistan, India and even China are all on the same side. And despite concerns about civilian casualties, most Muslim countries have supportedˇor at least not openly opposedˇthe U.S.-led military operations in Afghanistan. But this unity may be difficult to sustain.

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