Recent reports of Indian intentions to purchase an aircraft carrier from Britain would not substantially add to India's ambitions to be a global power. However, the rumours are symbolic of India's delicate strategic balancing act as it shifts its focus to China.
The selection of the first permanent President of the European Council and the new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is intended to usher in a consolidated global presence for the European Union. The choice itself, however, casts a shadow on those intentions as the new foreign and security policy chief is regarded as a relative newcomer.
President Obama aims to exert sufficient military effort to create conditions for transition. This means a dominance over the Taliban - unable to reemerge when transition takes place - together with space and capacity to train and grow the Afghan military and police security forces.