US President Barack Obama is set to visit Eastern Asia next week. The trip will take place amid mounting tensions in the region. Last year, the US was dragged into several crises in the traditional hot spots in the Middle East and Afghanistan. As a result, Obama failed to meet his 2011 pledge to make Eastern Asia a cornerstone of Washington’s foreign policy. The Voice of Russia asked Michael O'Hanlon, director of research for the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, about the agenda of the upcoming Obama's visit.
ISLAMABAD—Most didn’t notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan’s capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: “Library of , the Martyr.” Cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, a radical preacher who runs the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, wanted to honour the memory of the leader, killed in a May 2011 raid by U.S. navy SEALs on his hiding place in Abbottabad, a garrison town about 125 kilometres north of the capital, Islamabad. But while the library’s name has garnered attention across Pakistan, a country [...]