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Modi's Quest to Achieve India's Great Power Status

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Indian Prime Minister Modi invited French President Hollande to be the guest of honor at India's Republic Day Celebrations in New Delhi last month. The seat is generally reserved for, and used by the office of the Prime Minister as, a signal of close and important state ties.

At Least 20 Killed After Taliban Attack University In Northwest Pakistan

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.20.2016 | World

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — Once again, Islamic militants stormed a school in northeastern Pakistan in a deadly attack that lasted for hours. An...

Will Modi's Visit to Pakistan Make a Difference?

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
Raza Habib Raja

India's Prime Minister Nirendra Modi surprised everyone by suddenly landing in Lahore to visit his Pakistani counterpart, Mian Nawaz Sharif. The visit due to its suddenness and departure from the normal diplomatic protocols is definitely in the news and has led to intense media attention and analysis.

Modi's 'Birthday Diplomacy': How Will Pakistan's Sharif Reciprocate?

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 12.27.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

India and Pakistan can accomplish much progress in almost every sphere of life if they take practical steps to maximize the enormous potential they have by working with each other. In spite of realizing what great results friendly relations can offer the two countries, progress has been outrageously slow in addressing the outstanding issues that have perpetuated mistrust and hostilities.

Modi and Sharif Take a Gamble

Aparna Pande | Posted 12.25.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

Prime Minister Narendra's Modi surprise visit to Lahore has revived once again the oft-desired hope that India and Pakistan will live as friends not adversaries. For that to happen, however, Pakistan's security establishment will need to stop seeing India as the existential threat.

Pakistan's Army Chief Is in Washington -- Embarrassing His Prime Minister

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

This trip once again highlights the army's brazenly tight grip on the country's democratic government, specifically its foreign policy.

The Man Who Heckled Pakistan's Prime Minister

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.31.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Neither interrupting an event is an admirable practice nor is the silencing of the people who speak on behalf of victimized communities. We can't simply shut everybody up. How many hecklers will we silence?

Sharif's Futile Trip to Washington

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.25.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

While coming to Washington, Sharif had three major expectations and Washington, much to his disappointment, entertained none of them.

U.S. Policies Aggravate Pakistan's Dysfunction

Husain Haqqani | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Husain Haqqani

The military and intelligence services that dominate Pakistani national security decision-making have sacrificed their country's progress and prosperity in their relentless pursuit of military parity with India.

10 Issues Obama Should Raise With Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan continues to betray democratic values and snub commitments that are essential to democracy. On Thursday, Obama should raise the following ten issues with the leader of the country whose ruling elite thrives on American taxpayers' money.

Poor Branding Is Not Pakistan's Biggest Problem

Aparna Pande | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

In anticipation of the visit to Washington by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, scheduled for October 21 to 23, Pakistan's public relations machinery has gone into overdrive to build expectations of a new partnership between Pakistan and the United States.

Pakathon: Searching for Solutions Through Business and Technology

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.06.2015 | DC
Malik Siraj Akbar

While weekend rains confined many Washingtonians to their homes, a hackathon, also described as Pakathon by its organizers, brought together several young professionals to create new entrepreneurial platforms to highlight some of Pakistan's hardest challenges by applying modern technology.

Pakistan Invents a Bipolar (Civil-Military) Form of Government

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

The old adage that necessity is the mother of invention is fully operational in Pakistan. Out of necessity of dealing with a powerful military, which has in the past overthrown civilian governments a few times, a new reality is emerging in Islamabad.

How Pakistan Negotiates With Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Baloch narrative is loaded with stories recollecting how Islamabad took their willingness to negotiate for granted and converted those occasions as excellent opportunities to humiliate them.

Pakistan Doesn't Want a Total Taliban Breakdown

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

While the Afghan government viewed the dissent in the Taliban's rank as good news, Pakistan is worried that the breakup will lead to the weakening of their strong card in the Afghan conflict game.

Child Sex Abuse Scandal Shocks Pakistan

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.10.2015 | World

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Pakistan Tests Modi's Mettle With Gurdaspur Terror Attack

C. Christine Fair | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
C. Christine Fair

MUMBAI -- The Gurdaspur attack should remove any doubt that Pakistan's men on horseback do not want peace with India. India would be behooved to tell its international backers bluntly that there is no "India-Pakistan problem" -- only a Pakistan problem.

A Bad Af-Pak Deal

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
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.

How Pakistan's Energy Crisis Fuels Terrorism

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Hughes

Some find it hard to believe that energy scarcity might be the country's greatest security threat. Yet electricity shortages have directly fed the extremist cause while undermining the legitimacy of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government, potentially more than any other factor.

Betrayal in Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In Balochistan, only one man, the chief minister, has benefited from the conflict between Islamabad and the Baloch separatists. He has betrayed both the sides without even making them notice. Who wouldn't blame the Indians if the price is so awesome?

The Great Game in Afghanistan (A 21st-Century Update)

Dilip Hiro | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Dilip Hiro

Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own.

The Revival of Military Supremacy

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In the wake of the Peshawar massacre, Legislators in Pakistan are contemplating a constitutional amendment to authorize army officers to administer courts. Military courts are contrary to the fundamental idea and the core principles of democracy.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pakistani Opposition Leader Ends 126-Day Protests, Calls For Unity Amid Peshawar School Attack | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- With Pakistan reeling from a terrorist attack that killed 141 people, mostly children, opposition leader Imran Khan on Wednesday declare...

Edge of Revolution: New Pakistan

Sameer Siddiqui | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Sameer Siddiqui

This is not about a clash of ephemeral political parties that you may not have heard of in a country far away. This is about a timeless issue of standing up to bullies who exert power simply because of their stature. This is about knowing in your heart what is inherently right.

Khan's Siege of Islamabad: A Catalyst for Democratization?

Mehreen Saeed | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Mehreen Saeed

Pakistanis converging from across all social, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds have demonstrated their desire to end the status quo style of politics.