by | Jun 24, 2018

The profane long has coexisted with the sacred. During earlier ages the secular authorities often sought to protect established faiths by punishing blasphemy. Even where organized religion is dying, the rule sometimes lives on. In October, Ireland will vote on…

by | Jan 9, 2018

Pakistan has been a foreign policy enigma for decades. A U.S. ally charged with harboring terrorists and nuclear proliferation, it works both sides of the fence — doing just enough to placate the U.S. and receive military and civilian aid,…

by | Oct 27, 2017

The agenda of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in New Delhi this week has been succinctly framed: addressing the ascent of China, seeking more Indian influence in Afghanistan, and stressing the need for Pakistan to clean out the terrorist camps…

by | Aug 30, 2017

The Trump Administration has recently announced that it will send 4,000 more U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan as part of an advisory and training operation, enhancing a counterterrorism model and joining an estimated 8,800 U.S. troops already in-country. Contemporaneously, the Administration…

by | Aug 28, 2017

Donald Trump kept us guessing about Afghanistan. Never during his campaign, nor in the first seven months of his presidency, did he give us an inkling of what he thought should be our policy goal in America’s longest-lasting war. With…

by | Aug 21, 2017

About a month ago, President Trump met with his national security team — Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster — to review their proposed strategy for the war…

by | Jun 13, 2017

Three years ago this May, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cleaned up in India’s general election, resulting in a majority not seen since the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984. More recently and consolidating his power, and as covered in…

by | Feb 14, 2017

How do you say, “Happy Valentine’s Day” in Urdu, the elegant national language of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? The answer is: You don’t. On February 13, the High Court in Islamabad banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day. The court…

by | Jul 17, 2016

Qandeel Baloch, a model considered Pakistan’s version of Kim Kardashian, was strangled in her sleep by her brother in an honor killing during a visit to her parents’ home. Baloch, whose given name was Fouzia Azeem, was 25. Her brother…

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