">Pakistan and the United States: The Untenable Status Quo

Earlier this month the now-notorious Haqqani Network was designed a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the U.S. State Department. In recent years the organization has become much more prevalent (or visible) in the Afghanistan conflict, and therefore a subject of the debate over U.S. South Asian policy. The Haqqanis have ties to the Pakistani military, enjoys a close relationship with the Afghan Taliban (though the two operate largely independently), and the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has even argued that the network has played an important role in international jihad through its relationship with al Qaeda. So, while . . .
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Reassessing the Importance of the Haqqani Network on International Jihad

A new report from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point is a must-read for anyone interested in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and even international terrorism (OK, the report is a few weeks old, but I’m doubly slow during the summer). Don Rassler and Vahid Brown have basically changed the narrative on the Haqqani Network and its relationship with al Qaeda. They have done so by examining a huge amount of secondary and primary source data, including the first known review of a near-complete set of three jihadist magazines released by the network from 1989-1993. The authors have also reviewed . . .
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Breaking down the Kerry-Pakistan Agreement and What It Means

Once again Senator John Kerry has swooped in to save the diplomatic day. The former democratic presidential nominee and possible replacement for Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State jetted into Pakistan on this week to meet with Pakistani leaders. The issue at hand was, of course, the fraying of U.S.-Pakistani relations after the Osama bin Laden raid in Abbottabad. Kerry presented President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani with a list of U.S. demands, while the Pakistanis undoubtedly had a few demands of his own. The Pakistani military has been . . .
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Osama and the dysfunctional U.S.-Pakistani relationship

Roughly 800 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy, the Pakistani equivalent of West Point, is where they finally found him. Thanks to a massive intelligence operation, members of the Navy SEALs’ elite Team 6 entered a mansion-cum-fortress in the middle of a suburb populated by retired military officers and killed Osama bin Laden. That the notorious terrorist leader was found in Pakistan hardly came as a surprise to anyone with a minimum knowledge of bin Laden and his terrorist network al Qaeda. Most thought he was in Quetta or Karachi, and certainly not a place like Abbottabad, but Pakistan . . .
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A Delusional Zardari and the Game of Afghanistan

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari is concerned – about Afghanistan. More specifically, he is concerned about the war in Afghanistan and its effect on Pakistan. Speaking to the Guardian’s Simon Tisdall in Islamabad, Zardari said that the war is undermining Pakistan’s efforts to restore democratic institutions and economic prosperity:

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Just as the Mexican drug war on US borders makes a difference to Texas and American society, we are talking about a war on our border which is obviously having a huge effect. Only today a suicide bomber has attacked a police compound in Baluchistan. I think it . . .
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The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan: Crackdown (2005-2010)

Whatever happened to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan? The militant group bent on overthrowing President Islom Karimov’s regime in Uzbekistan came to prominence through some very public attacks in the late 1990s. Over a decade later, the group appears to be stuck in Pakistan’s tribal areas bearing little resemblance to the movement that once stirred up fear and prompted brutal government retaliation in Central Asia. In a four-part series Hegemonic Obsessions will explore the origins, evolution, and current state of the IMU. Part one covered the origins of the group, and part two covered the movement’s split in 2002 . . .
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