Pakistan

  • Mumbai Mastermind Reportedly Captured in Kashmir

    Pakistani security forces have conduced a raid on a major Laskhar-e-Taiba training camp and captured a dozen terrorists, including Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, allegedly the mastermind of last month's Mumbai massacre.  It remains to be seen whether these are in fact the responsible parties and what follow-up action will be taken.


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  • Hoax Tests India-Pakistan Relationship

    A prankster put India and Pakistan on the brink of war.  That this is possible demonstrates just how fragile that relationship is. That it didn't escalate, though, tells us something important, too.


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  • Pakistan's Strategic Moment

    The massive bombing of the Islamabad Marriott has deeply shaken Pakistan, offering the newly elected civilian leadership a strategic opportunity to aggressively pursue the Islamic militants that threaten the country’s viability and territorial integrity. After alienating Pakistanis with counterproductive military action against militants on the Pakistani side of the Durand line, Washington must now play a different game if it wishes to help its besieged ally. Islamabad is showing signs of a newfound resolve to decisively defeat the militants, but the government will only succeed in maintaining public support for this difficult task if the US offers Pakistan political space to take ownership of the fight and a concrete improvement in its counterinsurgency capacity.

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  • Winning in Afghanistan: Whose Side is Pakistan Really On?

    In a rather cheery piece in Slate, Anne Applebaum declares, "Of Course We Can Win in Afghanistan -- If we're willing to pay the price of victory." 


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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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  • Bhutto Killing Breeds a Failing Nuclear State

    Two months ago I suggested that, amid the Bush administration's focus on Iraq's present dangers and Iran's future perils, Pakistan was most likely to produce a so- called black-swan event.


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  • Pakistan Gets My Vote for a Black Swan Event

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    Washington is obsessed with the war in Iraq, the danger of Turkish troops clashing with Kurdish militants and President George W. Bush's possible showdown with Iran over its nuclear weapons ambitions.


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