The US-Taliban peace deal marks a triumph for the militia. The road to a final comprehensive political settlement faces major hurdles that could easily unravel the whole process.
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Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s leadership longevity goes beyond the eponymous “Abenomics” economic program and his self-confident regional diplomacy. Built on a judiciously cultivated appearance of administrative competence and political stability, a key selling point has been an aptitude for crisis management.