Archive for: United States


China’s post-2014 Afghanistan strategy

China’s approach to violent non-state actors is unlikely to make India or the United States happy. As the United States draws down its combat troops from Afghanistan,...

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Single party majority and the anti-defection law

The anti-defection law may be seen to violate the principle that the executive is subject to oversight by Parliament and a single party majority government increases...

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Afghanistan Observes 2007 International Peace Day

A deadly line

William Dalrymple’s triangulation error. Earlier this week, Brookings published a slickly produced essay on Afghanistan by British author William Dalrymple...

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Deep insight into the Haqqani Network

Haqqani Network is at the centre of a nexus of jehadi violence in a triangle of relations with the Pakistani Taliban, the Pakistani military and al-Qa’ida. Charlie...

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Riedel’s fantastical fantasies

Avoiding Armageddon adequately covers the history of the US and the Indian subcontinent but is marred by naïve proposals to solve Kashmir. Those who forget history...

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Whither to? America in AfPak

Afghanistan and the United States should not put all their eggs in Rawalpindi’s basket of peace-talks. 2012 was a year of success on the battlefield for the US/...

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Reconstructing Afghanistan’s natural balance

Imagine Afghanistan without extra-regional powers like the United States, NATO and others. Its stability would depend on the stability of the balance of power between...

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Hunting down Geronimo

The Abbottabad raid and its implications Now, there can be very little doubt over whether the Pakistani military leadership, Generals Ashfaq Kayani and Shuja Pasha...

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Unreal diplomacy at the UN

The vote on Libya New York suffered a tediously long winter this year, but for a few weeks in March there was an unusual sense of spring-like renewal at the United...

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Pakistan must come clean

Handing over the Taliban leadership should be the next step. The daring covert American operation that assassinated Osama Bin Laden under the nose of Pakistan’s...

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