Composed of distinct peoples who have lived in separate enclaves for centuries, including Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis, and Balochis, Pakistan is striving hard, though unsuccessfully, to forge a new national identity.
On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Jimmy Mauldin, a Foreign Service officer currently serving in India, talks about his...
How can you combat atrocities against civilians or the tragedy of child soldiers, or defend women's rights, if journalists are not free to report the facts, to draw attention to abuses and appeal to the public's conscience?
Far from seeing the drones as "indiscriminate killers" that are carpet bombing Pakistani cities and hunting innocent civilians, they seem to know that they are perhaps the best "worst option" in the campaign against fanatical terrorists like Hakimullah Mehsud who have deliberately killed thousands of civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan and here in the U.S... and are hell-bent on killing more.
Beyond the controversy of drone strikes is the issue with Congress's deplorable conduct. On that day Nabila and her family shared their heartfelt testimony, 430 representatives missed the opportunity to learn about the implications of the drone strike policy.
Regardless of Pakistan's outcry, Washington's drone campaign has proved extremely precise and productive in ousting key Al-Qaeda leadership, dismantling the terrorist organization's command and structure in elusive tribal regions of Pakistan.
Perhaps there is a good explanation for why Mehsud had to die just as he moved into peace negotiations, negotiations which may well have failed. But none has been forthcoming.
Instead of containing terrorists, the illegal and immoral drone warfare has increased extremist recruiting that can destabilize Pakistan and in the long term can target the U.S.
Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.
While Rushdie may not even know what he has actually done this time to outrage that country's conservative commentators, Malala Yousafzai has indeed landed in hot water for even mentioning The Satanic Verses only once in her recently released autobiography.
It's hard to miss the news today: In Pakistan earlier this month, more than 80 people died in a bomb attack on a Protestant church; last weekend, assailants killed three members of a Christian wedding party in Egypt; in Syria, Jihadists are ever more brazen in their determination to target Christians.
The Middle East is mired in sectarian strife, but with the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year, a bigger tinderbox awaits in South Asia.
The perennial challenges of citizenship, sovereignty, identity and governance are still very much alive in the "borderless world."
Pakistan plans to unleash a new anti-terrorist strategy within two weeks in the violent commercial capital Karachi, said a senior advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hours after Sharif met President Obama at the White House Wednesday.
As President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in Washington today, American officials have struck a positive tone ahead of their talks.
Thirteen years after world leaders committed to providing access to education to all primary-school-aged children by 2015, there are more than 57 million boys and girls out of school. Immediate action is needed, or there could be irreparable consequences.