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MDG Report Points to Worsening Food Security in Pakistan

MDG Report Points to Worsening Food Security in Pakistan

The United Nation’s most recent report on progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) shows that Pakistan’s food security has declined in the last four years.
“The report expressed fears that Pakistan was lagging behind the target of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and indicators …

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Blood Feud in Islamabad Complicates U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Blood Feud in Islamabad Complicates U.S.-Pakistan Relations

A long summer of political turmoil has begun that makes harder the search for a new equilibrium with Washington
A tale of two capital cities in the grip of political uncertainty unfolded in South Asia last week.   Islamabad was the scene of a fast-paced soap opera that throws into further doubt …

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Empowering the World’s 6th Most Populous Country

Empowering the World’s 6th Most Populous Country

Even though the big news in Pakistan right now is about the newly elected Prime Minster, deteriorating diplomatic relations with the United States, and match fixing charges on star cricketers, there is a less publicized–but important story–that CNN published last week, “

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Weekly Must Reads: Greece on the Brink and More

Weekly Must Reads: Greece on the Brink and More

What do Greek elections, doctors, Mali, and Obama all have in common?  They’re all featured in our weekly must reads!
Take a look at our recommendations below.
Greece Votes Itself in the Foot Again: The Rise of the Coalition of the Radical Left and the Demise of Europe
Foreign Affairs
12 June …

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A Tough Week for Pakistani Diplomacy

A Tough Week for Pakistani Diplomacy

Events lay bare just how strategically isolated Islamabad has become.
As my last post noted, the events of the past week show that New Delhi is sitting pretty diplomatically, being courted ardently by both Washington and Beijing.  Conversely, they also laid bare just how strategically isolated Islamabad has become.
Pakistan’s …

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Updates on Women, Children, and Human Rights Around the Globe

Updates on Women, Children, and Human Rights Around the Globe

Biogas saves Kenyan school money, conserves nature
A school in the rural Rift Valley of central Kenya is a model for successful small-scale response to climate change, according to this article. The school cooks with biogas produced from latrines, eliminating fuel and sanitation costs while reducing harmful carbon …

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Glimmers of Hope in Pakistan

Glimmers of Hope in Pakistan

Pakistan’s prospects careen from bad to worse, but there is still some possibility that it might one day evolve in a more liberal and moderate direction
Events over the last few weeks have amply demonstrated the growing decrepitude of the Pakistani state, providing fresh justification for its perennial ranking at the …

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Pakistan’s Nukes: How Much is Enough?

Pakistan’s Nukes: How Much is Enough?

The time has come to question why the country needs tactical nuclear forces
Marking the anniversary of Pakistan’s 1998 nuclear tests, Nawaz Sharif on Monday boasted of the key role he played as prime minister in bringing about this achievement.  Sharif, who now heads the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, …

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Did US Officials Throw Shakil Afridi to the Dogs?

Did US Officials Throw Shakil Afridi to the Dogs?

Grumbles have been filtering out lately, from the CIA and other agencies running covert ops, that The Rule is lately being violated, sacrificed to the needs of self-promoting administration officials (Leon Panetta? 60 Minutes?) who simply cannot keep their mouths shut, cheerleaders jazzed by pre-election jitters who rush to claim kudos for their boss via contacts with the mainstream press–oblivious to the blowback suffered by US intelligence or the foreign nationals who do risk, despite the financial benefits, prison sentences or execution on their own turf.

Such is the case with Shakil Afridi, the 48 year old Pakistani physician recruited and paid (well, no doubt) by the CIA to help in the identification of Osama bin Laden prior to the assault on the dictator’s compound by US special forces. Clearly, Afridi did the US a great service. And the mainstream press recognizes this, all, without exception, on fire with righteous indignation about Pakistan’s decision to allow Afridi to be tried in Pakistan for treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Isn’t Pakistan our friend?

Grow up…

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Rather Unexpectedly, India’s Near Abroad is Looking Up

Rather Unexpectedly, India’s Near Abroad is Looking Up

Things are going bad domestically, but at least India’s regional position is improving
 
A regular concern of this blog is the internal constraints on India’s rise as a great power.  But for decades the country’s global aspirations also have been encumbered by a quite problematic regional environment.  …

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Bolstering the “Chinese Model” in South Asia

Bolstering the “Chinese Model” in South Asia

The United States should launch a Marshall Plan-like initiative to reinforce economic cooperation between India and Pakistan
Previous posts (here and here) have highlighted how growing economic engagement is now the driver of the peace dialogue India and Pakistan launched a year ago.  The guiding principle is the …

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Manmohan and Asif Do Lunch

Manmohan and Asif Do Lunch

The Singh-Zardari luncheon was more productive than many expected.  But the bonhomie will eventually run into stark political realities.
Although the timing was coincidental and neither man professes the Christian faith, it was appropriately symbolic that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari …

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Bountiful Questions

Bountiful Questions

The curious timing of the bounty on Hafiz Saeed raises the issue of whether U.S. policies toward New Delhi and Islamabad are in sync.
If anything, the $10 million bounty the Obama administration offered last week for information leading to the capture and arrest of …

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Targeted Killings and the Law of War

Targeted Killings and the Law of War

I recently had the privilege to attend an event sponsored by The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program entitled, “Targeted Killings and the Law of War.”  The roundtable discussion brought …

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HIV & Hormonal Contraception, Obama’s 2013 Budget, and Polio in Pakistan

HIV & Hormonal Contraception, Obama’s 2013 Budget, and Polio in Pakistan


 
This week, the WHO upheld its current guidelines in relation to use of hormonal contraception and women living with HIV.  President Obama released his administration’s budget request for 2013, with some surprising news for US global heath policy.  Finally, polio …

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