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Syria: A Chance For Honest Diplomacy

Syria: a chance for honest diplomacy

It’s an irony of history that an adversary can sometimes rescue you from trouble better than a friend. So when Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov proposed that the US should…

Afghan Endgame – BSA

Afghan endgame – BSA

The US started laying down the basic paradigms for creating the post-2014 strategic and operational environment in Afghanistan a long while ago. Its efforts took roots with the Enduring Security…

Why We Break Lines And Why It Matters

Why we break lines and why it matters

For as long as I can remember, I have been hearing the argument that we Pakistanis just cannot stand in lines. The argument is usually made in conjunction with the…

Moving Out Of Af-Pak

Moving out of Af-Pak

Tomorrow Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, will meet President Barack Obama in Washington, to signal Islamabad’s renewed interest in a broad-based relationship with the US. This will be the first…

Will Negotiations Deliver?

Will negotiations deliver?

Soon after Pakistan's political parties agreed at an All-Party Conference to negotiate peace with militants, a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had welcomed the move. But immediately thereafter, a…

Remedy Begins At Home

Remedy begins at home

During his nine-year rule, Gen (r) Musharraf almost found a place for himself in the Guinness Book of World Records as a Marco Polo head of state. Had he not…

Luck Running Out

Luck running out

On September 4, 2013, the Government of Pakistan signed its 19th Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In 2011, it appeared that Pakistan had bid adieu to the IMF…

A Non-meeting

A non-meeting

Neither side expected much of the meeting in New York, on Sept 29, between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan. Yet, it need not have gone the way it…