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South Asia

An Afghan Tragedy: The Pashtuns, The Taliban and The State

https://www.iiss.org/blogs/survival-blog/2021/06/afghanistan-taliban

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June 2021

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Afghanistan: Risking a Collapse

Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a basing  agreement with the United States is putting at risk the  willingness of the US and the West to remain engaged in  Afghanistan at all. What on…

15 mins read

December 2013

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South Asia

Afghanistan: The Way to Peace

A very strange idea has spread in the Western media concerning Afghanistan: that the US  military is withdrawing from the country next year, and that the present Afghan war has  therefore entered into an “endgame.”…

37 mins read

April 2013

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South Asia

Military Exceptionalism in Pakistan

Since Pakistan achieved independence in 1947, the country’s military has  governed the country outright three times and exerted a strong political  influence even when not in power. Pakistan’s tradition of military dominance stems above all…

50 mins read

August 2011

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South Asia

Pakistan’s Surprising Stability

It is worth remembering the legacy of the Raj when we look at Pakistan. In the 1930s, one of my maternal uncles, as a Gurkha officer, spent some time with his regiment in Waziristan dealing…

53 mins read

September 2008

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Georgia and Pakistan: A Tale of Two Client States

As the situations become more complicated in Pakistan and Georgia, both American allies, the U.S. is faced with some tough choices. Every empire-indeed, every state that wishes to project dominant influence beyond its borders-sooner or…

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November 2007

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South Asia

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. ON JANUARY 13, a U.S. missile strike on the Pakistani village of Damadola, intended…

34 mins read

March 2006

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South Asia

The Pressures on Pakistan

ALLAH, THE ARMY, AND AMERICA The survival of Pakistan in its existing form is a vital U.S. security interest, one that trumps all  other American interests in the country. A collapse of Pakistan — into…

37 mins read

February 2002

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