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The Other Bomb: Pakistan's Dangerous Nuclear Strategy

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Successful test of the Hatf-5B Pakistan ballistic missile In recent years the concern over nuclear proliferation has centered on Iran's ongoing effor...

Afghanistan 2015: The Future of the Taliban

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 12.12.2016 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

If the United States and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, it is very likely that Russia will return to its traditional role as the Afghan government's principal sponsor. Already, the Kabul government has asked Moscow for additional military aid and Moscow has agreed to sell Afghanistan an unknown number of Mi-35 attack helicopters.

Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Poisoned Legacy of the Durand Line

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

Given that the United States has a vested interest in the establishment of a secure and stable Afghan government and that Pakistan seems determined to use the Taliban and possibly other jihadist groups to ensure that doesn't happen, the issues that surround the Durand Line will continue to have an impact on the formulation of U.S. policy in the region as well as complicate U.S.-Pakistani relations.

How the Taliban Gets Its Cash

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.13.2016 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

Afghan government sources estimate that the Afghan heroin trade generates approximately two billion dollars in turnover within Afghanistan.

A Bad Af-Pak Deal

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.21.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

The former Afghan president Hamid Karzai seems mad at his successor and ex-chief advisor, President Ashraf Ghani, for brokering a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency.

Mounting Tensions Between Pakistan Media and Military

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

With the accusations about the I.S.I's involvement in another plot against a journalist, the failed assassination attempt has transformed into a major national debate in Pakistan about the army's hostile relationship with the media and desperate attempts to strangulate dissenting voices.

To Stabilize Afghanistan, Retain Pakistan's Army Chief

Sunil Sharan | Posted 11.26.2013 | Home
Sunil Sharan

The end game in Afghanistan becomes increasingly tortuous, so the world waits with bated breath on who is going to be Pakistan's next army chief.

The Plot Thickens in Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 02.22.2012 | Home
Saad Khan

Pakistanis hate these presidential antics. They do not want military rule either.

Will Karachi Offensive Target the Taliban?

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Saad Khan

There has been talk -- and some action -- of starting a military operation in Karachi to root out the miscreants. Pakistan Rangers, a paramilitary for...

Why Would the Pakistani Intelligence Agency Support the Taliban?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

One of the most disturbing aspects of the revelations contained in WikiLeaks is the picture it paints of the behavior of Pakistan.

Pakistan Derailed

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Saad Khan

While the Pakistani establishment is always eager to draw comparisons with India, they rebuff any such attempt when it comes to railways.

Is Karachi the Taliban's New Haven?

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Saad Khan

Ethnic tensions and their political implications have provided the Taliban and Al-Qaeda with a safe haven in Karachi. The most volatile city of Pakistan has failed to meld into a coherent and stable environment.

Pakistan in the Aughts: Devastation and Carnage

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Saad Khan

Pakistanis have been bearing the brunt of their leadership's screw-ups for decades and the aughts were no different.