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Pakistan’s War at Home, by Shahid Javed Burki

SINGAPORE – Last month, after years of indecision, Pakistan’s military launched a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency …

Pakistan

Decline of U.S. influence means Iran and Saudi Arabia may just have to get along — eventually

Thirty-five years ago Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran chanting “death to America.” But today Iran wants to work with the United States to stabilize Iraq while negotiating a deal on its nuclear program. The journey from death threats to diplomacy is both a triumph of U.S. …

Hamid Karzai: 'I Didn't See a War in Afghanistan—I Saw a Conspiracy'

An exit interview with the Afghan president<p><i>In April—two weeks after the election to replace him and usher in the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history—Hamid Karzai sat down with Mujib Mashal for Mashal's “After Karzai” story in the July/August issue of</i> The Atlantic<i>. In his</i> …

The Men Who Run Afghanistan

A mellowed academic, a ruthless general, a shadowy spy: Inside Hamid Karzai's inner circle<p>Over the past 12 years, Hamid Karzai has relied on several trusted operatives to govern a fragmented country. The outgoing Afghan president has centralized power in his office, often bypassing government …

As Obama Draws Down, Al Qaeda Grows in Afghanistan

American forces are headed for the exit in Afghanistan. But new U.S. intelligence assessments say that the terrorist threat there is on the rise.<p>As …

The Geopolitics of Afghanistan's Future

In their third podcast for <i>The Diplomat</i>, U.S.-based editors Ankit Panda and Zachary Keck discuss Flight MH370 and the geopolitics of Afghanistan …

Report: Hindus no more safe at home by Zia ur Rehman

Three Hindus - Dr Ajeet Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Ashok Kumar - were gunned down in Chak town of Shikarpur district in Upper Sindh on November 7 in an …

A changed Pakistan

Way back in the 1960s Pakistan was truly on the move. The early Ayub years gave us the “Green Revolution” because of the construction and …

3 Years Of War: Syria bloodbath continues with no peace deal in sight

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Trump fights back against backlash over Putin congratulatory call<p>Americans and Russian blast off for ISS<p>Opposition lawmakers set off tear gas in …

7 days in Iran

How a possible thaw with the West is viewed in Iran – on the factory floor, at Friday prayers, and in government suites.<p>Tehran, Iran — <i>Scott Peterson</i> …

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connection

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural …

Karzai security pact gambit aimed at keeping US money filling his pockets

Behind a seemingly never-ending game of brinkmanship with the United States over a bilateral security agreement, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has a simple goal, according to U.S. military officials: Ensure that billions of dollars in aid from Washington continues to flow to feed the cycle of …

Zarif asks Saudi Arabia to work with Iran

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister who is currently on a tour of the Gulf states, has appealed to Saudi Arabia to work with Iran towards achieving regional stability.<p>He said on Monday in Doha, Qatar, after visits to Kuwait and Oman for meetings on its recent nuclear deal with world …

It’s my right to criticise Pakistan because I love it: Fatima Bhutto

<b>LONDON:</b><p><b>Not soon after her much-criticised interview, in which she claimed that eating in restaurants and lingering in bookstores are “forbidden</b> …

Looking back at General Kayani’s tenure

General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani retired after leading Pakistan’s most powerful institution for six years. As a close confidante and successor of former …

Nawaz arrives in Kabul to push peace efforts

<b>KABUL: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Kabul on Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai, Express News reported.</b><p>This visit is part of …

Pakistan PM Sharif vows help for Afghan Taliban talks

<b>Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has promised to help facilitate peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.</b><p>Mr Sharif was speaking after meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.<p>He said that meetings would be encouraged between Mr Karzai's representatives and Mullah …

Afghanistan

The Mullahs are coming!

By Sher Sultan<p>The Mullas are coming! They are coming in all hues and shades. All styles of facial hair are on display. With close cropped beard, to a …

آپ علمِ غیب میں کب سے حصہ ڈال بیٹھے؟

میری کیا اوقات کہ پوچھ بیٹھوں کہ جمل کی پہلی مسلمان خانہ جنگی میں کل ملا کے جو دس ہزار اہلِ ایمان دارِ فانی سے چلے گئے اور پھر ان سب کی نماز اسی مقام …

The curious case of Chaudhry Nisar

The former interior minister, Rehman Malik, was all in one. At times, he would even be found doubling for the prime minister (PM). But the current …

’طالبان کی وجہ سے چھاپے نہیں مار سکتے‘

<b>پاکستان کے صوبہ سندھ کے شہر کراچی میں سپریم کورٹ کو کسٹم کے حکام نے بتایا ہے کہ سہراب گوٹھ میں منشیات اور اسلحے کے گودام ہیں لیکن طالبان کی موجودگی کے باعث وہ کارروائی نہیں کر سکے۔</b><p>چیف جسٹس جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری کی سربراہی میں پانچ رکنی بینچ نے بدھ کو کراچی بدامنی کیس کی سماعت کی۔<p>کسٹم حکام نے …

Why the Iran Deal Scares Saudi Arabia

After the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany concluded a preliminary agreement with Iran on Sunday, it did not take long for regional critics of the deal to react. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, blasted the agreement as “a historic mistake.” Saudi …

How The Economic Center Of The World Moved From AD 1 To AD 2010

The Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard re-circulated this popular map from McKinsey on Twitter today.<p>"McKinsey's dramatic global power shift. Conventional wisdom, but is it still true?" he tweeted.<p>Here's the map, which researchers found by taking each country's geographic center and weighting its …

Emerging Markets

Analysis of international affairs and global trends

Russia: Don’t make ‘mistake’ of excluding Iran from Syria peace talks

Russia warned on Tuesday that the U.S. and international community should not make the mistake of excluding Iran from upcoming Syria peace talks.<p>“Whether Iran is in the room or not … it’s going to be a player in Syria,” Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. …

From Dealmaker to Salesman

After this weekend’s historic interim agreement between Iran and the world powers that comprise the P5+1, one question looms large: Can President …

'Who's Who?' A Primer on Afghanistan's Presidential Candidates

Most of the recent talk on Afghanistan has focused on whether or not Afghan President Hamid Karzai will sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) …