Hamid Gul and Pakistan’s Schizophrenia

September 02, 2015

The example of Gul illustrates what is a basic frustration for India: Any rapprochement with Pakistan can only come about via a military establishment that swings between paranoia and pragmatism. The recent passing of Hamid Gul, a Pakistani general who served as head of the powerful...

A Dangerous Dimension of the US Drawdown in Afghanistan

April 05, 2014

An overly hasty exit from Afghanistan could embolden terrorist groups. In just over a decade, what started as the War on Terror instead morphed into a badly delayed and compromised exercise in nation-building in Afghanistan. This failure, based on an inadequate appreciation of ground...

Iraq: The Struggle for Truth in Fallujah

March 08, 2014

Maliki's war cry over fighting al-Qaeda is a clear subversion of the truth. As violence in Fallujah escalates to near-unprecedented levels, the entire narrative of the fighting seems to evade a number of key points. Namely, this fighting was not precipitated by the capture of Sunni strongholds by...

The Middle East Economy: Between Oil Wealth and Youth Unemployment

November 11, 2013

In the Middle East, political regimes and economic performance are intertwined par excellence. Background The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) provides a highly diverse picture of economic structures and characteristics. Its far from uniform regional economic structure can be traced back to...

Ishrat Jahan: The Politics of a “Fake Encounter”

July 09, 2013

The ongoing Ishrat Jahan fake encounter saga epitomizes India’s incoherence in tackling terrorism. Ishrat Jahan, a Mumbai college student, was killed on June 15, 2004, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat. Three other individuals, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali...

Afghanistan: Goodbye to All That?

February 24, 2013

As the US prepares to exit Afghanistan, what will be the consequences? Background As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its 12th year, the US is poised to withdraw 34,000 troops from the war-torn country by next year. The consequences of the withdrawal will be enormous. The Taliban remain a...