Pakistan is awash with a tidal wave of Chinese infrastructure projects.
In a region where many countries either distrust China, feel beholden to it or both, Pakistan is the closest thing to a real ally and friend that Beijing possesses.
(Anja Manuel served in the State Department from 2005 to 2007, working on policy for Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. The opinions expressed here are her own.)
The U.S. may now again become embroiled in direct military action in the Middle East. Washington, unfortunately, has only terrible options.
The Syrian civil war now threatens to split the Middle East along a Sunni-Shia chasm. The horrifying news reports Wednesday about the Assad government's possible chemical attack on civilians, if proven true, mean that the Obama administration's "red line" has been crossed yet again.