Shuja Nawaz

  • In Pakistan, Great Expectations ... As Yet Unfulfilled

    Last week’s tripartite summit in Washington, D.C. during which President Barack Obama hosted President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan was a lot like a Chinese meal.


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  • Ghani, Ashraf — Transcript


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  • Transcript: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Obama – Discussions on the New Strategy


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  • Afghanistan and Pakistan Need Better Governments

    Shuja Nawaz, director of the Council's South Asia Center, has an interesting post at Foreign Policy's new The Argumentblog, entitled "Panic Stations in Kabul. Is Islamabad next?"


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  • Fulfilling Iraqi and Afghan Dreams and Wishes

    Although it may surprise many insular people in the United States, the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and the region they inhabit want nothing more than what most Americans dream of. They want peace, a chance to raise their children with good healthcare and education, and an ability to earn a decent living. They do not want to be invaded or occupied, nor ruled with an iron fist. Decades of war have damaged Afghanistan and Iraq and destroyed the fabric of their societies. Their intellectuals and middle class have either been targeted by internal militancy or have left to seek a better life, ironically in the United States and the West, the occupying force and source of their current discomfiture.


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  • A Grand Opportunity for a Global President

    Charles Dickens called Washington a "city of magnificent intentions." When Barack Obama takes over on January 20th as the 44th President of the United States, he will need to translate his own lofty ideas into realities.

    What makes the challenge bigger for him is that he may also be carrying another title: the first globally-elected President of the United States.


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  • Focusing the Spy Glass on Pakistan’s ISI

    Only in Pakistan does the appointment of a new spy chief elicit more commentary than, say, a Prime Minister under today’s political system, where the presidency holds the power strings. The appointment of Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha as the new head of the Inter Services Intelligence earlier this week has raised expectations about a change in the direction of the ISI and Pakistan in the war against terror and militancy in the borderlands with Afghanistan and inside Pakistan proper. While the changes in leadership of the army in general and at ISI by the new army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani hold much promise, military actions alone do not guarantee a change in direction of the fractured economy and polity of Pakistan. Without a clear sense of understanding and control by the civilian government of all aspects of governance, Pakistan risks muddling through a crisis that may worsen in the days ahead. On the Afghan border, the risk of confrontation with the United States remains. Inside Pakistan, the militants are on the prowl and challenging the writ of the state.


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  • Pakistan's Perfect Storm

    Within a matter of days, events on the Afghan border seem to be creating a perfect storm of mistrust and conflict between the United States and Pakistan


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