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In Hearts, Not On Flagpoles

In hearts, not on flagpoles

How many of us would recognise a flag with a green and red stripe, and a blue triangle in which a white star appears? Most of us would not know…

Reasserting The Pakistani State

Reasserting the Pakistani state

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve come across two particularly intriguing accounts by intrepid reporters from different parts of the world. Both deal with human suffering, but the critical…

Out Of Sync With The State

Out of sync with the state

It is easy to criticise. We do so almost ceaselessly when we talk about corruption, crime and brutality in our society. What we say is true; perfectly true. But beyond…

A New Blueprint

A new blueprint

It`s going to be a hectic and intense few weeks of European Union-Asia interaction. Top EU officials will hold a record-breaking number of meetings in November with leading policymakers in…

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…

Dangers Of Military Intervention

Dangers of military intervention

The spectre of US military action against Syria has not diminished with the surfacing of divisions among America’s European allies and the resounding rejection of such intervention by the British…

Power And US Policy

Power and US policy

The Egyptian crisis and wider turmoil in the Middle East has intensified the debate in America and beyond about how Washington should respond to the turbulent turn of events in…

Militancy And Drones

Militancy and drones

THE debate in Pakistan on drone strikes has mostly revolved around two areas. First, that it violates Pakistan`s sovereignty; second, that it creates more jihadis. Both these arguments can easily…