Barnett R. Rubin & Ahmed Rashid | November 7, 2008
“The 'Great Game' is no fun anymore.” ++ A timeout is needed in Afghanistan so that the players, including Obama, can draught a new deal. ++ A global effort to secure Afghanistan’s stability should be above other objectives. ++ Due to the complex global conflict, a solution cannot be reached without a “regional grand bargain,” which must include a comprehensive regional aid and development package. ++ The US must adjust its relationship with Pakistan with pressure, greater transparency and promotion of a Pakistani-Indian dialogue.