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Politics of Pakistan

The Anarchic Republic of Pakistan

Pakistan's military-intelligence complex is too preoccupied with countering India to mount a serious campaign against radicals who threaten the nation's survival. The country is being destroyed from within.

Karzai and 22,000 Villages

A military surge will not win Afghanistan. Karzai and his corrupt clan have failed the Afghan people. Former presidential candidate Ghani shows us a way out: counterinsurgency economics.

Armageddon in Islamabad

Don’t be fooled by the recent positive news from Islamabad. We face the potential of a nuclear-armed state run by Islamic extremists. The consequences of a Taliban-led takeover of Islamabad would be devastating.

Pakistan Postscript

A post-Musharraf Pakistan faces a future that could include military coups, growing extremism, a potential collapse of the state or a move toward rogue-nation status. There is no easy fix for Islamabad.

Do No Harm

Sometimes our procedures do more harm than good. Pakistan may heal best on its own.

A Difficult Country: Pakistan and the Case for Developmental Realism

There are no textbook solutions for the problems of a country like Pakistan--but a creative approach can go a long way.


Will Karachi Crumble?

Secular militants can be as much trouble as the Taliban in Pakistan's toughest city.

What to Expect from Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan's new prime minister won't fix the economy and is constrained on foreign policy.

Sharif Must Square the Circle

Pakistan's democratic milestone needs to be followed up by getting control of the national-security state.


Death on the Durand Line

With lines of contention like the ones in Afghanistan, it is little wonder that confusion can bring about something like Saturday's lethal incident.

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April 18, 2014