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Not Out Of The Woods

Not out of the woods

For some it’s the new El Dorado. Foreign investors are lining up to do business in Myanmar, a once-pariah nation which only a couple of years ago was almost as…

Quaid’s Vision Of Foreign Policy

Quaid’s vision of foreign policy

The Founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had envisioned the newly independent Muslim state's foreign policy to be one of "peace with all, and enmity with none". Pakistan must…

America`s New Strategy

America`s new strategy

After a decade dedicated to the `war on terror` and two long and costly land wars, the US has already shifted strategic gears. It has left Iraq, mission largely unaccomplished;…

Our Mighty Builders

Our mighty builders

A member of the Senate recently lashed out at the Defence Housing Authority for political reasons. My frustration with the DHA in Lahore has entirely different origins. On March 1,…

Islands Of Affluence

Islands of affluence

‘Democracy is the best revenge’ having run its full course, other ‘avatars’ are about to descend over the hills of Islamabad. The populace awaits less than eagerly the rerun of…

Transatlantic Trade

Transatlantic trade

For some in Brussels, plans to create a vast Europe-America free-trade area which will generate jobs, more transatlantic investment flows and seal an alliance which under President Barack Obama has…

The Fundamentalist Mind

The fundamentalist mind

Fundamentalism is a controversial term, ascribed first to 19thcentury American Protestant groups which preached strict adherence to basic biblical tenets. It is now applied loosely to all groups exhibiting broadly…

Love In The Time Of Hate

Love in the time of hate

Years ago when I still made regular visits to Pakistan, a young journalist came up to me in a shopping mall and asked for my thoughts on `St. Valentine`s Day`.…

Afghanistan Beyond 2014

Afghanistan beyond 2014

The post-2014 situation in Afghanistan, after the withdrawal of the US/Nato/ International Security Assistance Force, has been the subject of a most vexing debate in recent times. The main difficulty…