Pakistan
Drifting Away from Peace

Drifting Away from Peace

With the Cold War ending in the early 1990s, some Western scholars predicted a more peaceful world with liberal democracy the only game in town. The findings of the Global Peace Index suggest otherwise. The twelfth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) reports that...

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What Next for Pakistan and Imran Khan?

What Next for Pakistan and Imran Khan?

The July 25 general elections in Pakistan heralded a seismic shift in Pakistan’s politics few would have envisaged a mere six months ago. The Pakistan Movement for Justice (PTI)—led by the charismatic former cricketer Imran Khan—bagged 115 out of the 272 directly...

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A Defining Election for Pakistan

A Defining Election for Pakistan

The significance of Pakistan’s elections later this year lies in the fact that this will only be the second time a democratic transition of power will occur in the country. The first peaceful transition was in 2013, when Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party...

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Mulligan in Afghanistan

Mulligan in Afghanistan

Donald Trump loves to play golf. So far, he has teed off twice as many times as Barack Obama had at the same point in his term. Indeed, Trump has spent as much as 20 percent of his presidency at various golf clubs. This despite the criticism Trump leveled against...

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Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir

Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir

In Kashmir, the killing days are here again. In 2010, Indian forces shot and killed more than 135 unarmed civilians. Nearly half of them were teenagers, and the youngest was eight years old. This year, using "non-lethal" pellets fired into the face at close range,...

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The Coming Drone Blowback

The Coming Drone Blowback

The targeted assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour last weekend wasn't just another drone strike. First of all, it was conducted by the U.S. military, not the CIA, which has orchestrated nearly all drone strikes in Pakistan. Second, it didn’t...

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The Children’s Crusade

The Children’s Crusade

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.  In 1954, a single book destroyed the popular notion that children are innocent souls. In that book, a plane of such innocent souls crashes on a deserted island. There, in a paradise of...

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