Frédéric Bobin, Le Monde (in French) | August 21, 2009
At present, the power struggle in Kabul is reaching its apex. ++ After years of US hegemony, now, Russia, Iran and China push for influence in Afghanistan. ++ Both, Kabul and Washington depend on Moscow’s benevolence in terms of arms trade and NATO deployment. ++ Conversely, Iran aims to curb the US military threat. ++ “As for China…there are two imperatives: controlling a potentially dangerous Islamic hotspot and the access to natural resources.” ++ Afghanistan’s geopolitical status is the great challenge for the next government.