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US-Indian Relations: Permanent Interests Not Permanent Friends

US-Indian Relations: Permanent Interests Not Permanent Friends

It is important that the United States do a better job of defending its own interests in its negotiations with India. Nevertheless, there are areas of common strategic concern where we can work with the Indian government to the benefit of both nations.

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Peter Tomsen has provided a comprehensive account of Afghanistan’s recent conflicts and illuminates aspects of this history in ways that only he could really achieve.

Review – Fragments of the Afghan Frontier

Review – Fragments of the Afghan Frontier

Fragments of the Afghan Frontier combines painstaking anthropological field research with extensive historical analysis to assess Afghanistan’s frontier regions and people.

Drones: The Future of Warfare?

Drones: The Future of Warfare?

Drones will be part of the future of warfare as their advantages can be exploited by political leaders. Yet, drones are only part of a wide array of surveillance and military options.

Memogate Reveals Pakistan’s Hand

Memogate Reveals Pakistan’s Hand

Memogate reveals that Pakistan’s politics is as dysfunctional as ever. American policymakers and pundits have become so vehement about Pakistan’s failure to cooperate on counterterrorism that more pressing problems in the country have been overlooked.

Greater Sino-American cooperation needed in Afghanistan

Greater Sino-American cooperation needed in Afghanistan

Considering China’s unease with a large foreign military presence on its borders, one would expect the U.S. drawdown of military forces in Afghanistan to be welcomed in Beijing and result in greater U.S.-China cooperation on Afghanistan. However, the U.S. and China have different goals and timetables regarding this conflict, which pose challenges to their bilateral relationship.

Review – Pakistan: A Hard Country

Review – Pakistan: A Hard Country

Using an approach that is as much anthropological as it is historical or political, Anatol Lieven’s ‘Pakistan: A Hard Country’ provides a more intimate portrait of the country than other recent publications. It also lends a fresh perspective on a country that is often misunderstood by Western observers. The book’s central message is that Pakistan is cohesive and dysfunctional all at once.

Fear and Self Loathing in South Asia

Fear and Self Loathing in South Asia

CIA director Leon Panetta is currently engaged in talks in Islamabad, arriving the day after the head of the Pakistani Army, attempted to win back some respect from the Pakistani population by urging the US to divert some of its $3 billion a year aid to ‘help the common man’ while also forcefully re-asserting Pakistan’s sovereignty. These concerns would be heartening if they were not so transparent.

Mission Accomplished: Time to Pull Out of Afghanistan?

Mission Accomplished: Time to Pull Out of Afghanistan?

Effective political and legal institutions; economic stimulation; and a fully functioning and strong army and police force are goals that for the most part can only be realised once conflict has subsided; which in turn requires a political solution. However, the groundwork for this has to be prepared while the Coalition forces are still in Afghanistan.

Celebrating the Death of Evil

Celebrating the Death of Evil

The death of Osama bin Laden is far more important for the United States than it is for Islamic terrorism. While the shooting of Al Qaeda’s leader will certainly damage the morale of would-be jihadists around the world, the most significant impact will be at home.

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