Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) welcomes his Afghan counterpart, Salahuddin Rabbani, during a meeting in Moscow. International rivalries are playing out in Afghanistan, which occupies a strategic crossroads in the region.
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Rivalries are once again playing out in Afghanistan -- between Russia and United States and between India and Pakistan. Such is Kabul's lot. It's geographic location means that Afghanistan will inevitably be a focal point for great power rivalry, and peace will likely remain an elusive concept for some time to come....
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