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The Morality and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Policy

The Morality and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Policy

Bradley Strawser, an assistant professor of philosophy at the Naval Postgraduate School, recently (and somewhat predictably) took some flak after the Guardian published a piece in which he appeared to make a …

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In the News: Family Planning Gets a Boost & the US’s Effect on Polio and HIV

In the News: Family Planning Gets a Boost & the US’s Effect on Polio and HIV

In global health news this week, I have updates to previously covered topics. World leaders have committed money and support to family planning, spearheaded by the Gates Foundation. The CIA’s fake vaccination program, part of efforts to ferret out Osama Bin Laden, has contributed to a ban on polio vaccinations …

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Still Droning On

Still Droning On

Yesterday’s Review section of the Sunday New York Times carried an “analysis” piece by journalist Scott Shane, “The Moral Case for Drones,” which was really more in the nature of a news story reporting that a group of political scientists and moral philosophers believe there is in fact a …

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Who’s Sorry Now?

Who’s Sorry Now?

The agreement reopening NATO supply routes lays bare Pakistan’s strategic isolation.  But is anyone in Islamabad paying attention?
Some are spinning last week’s deal ending Pakistan’s seven-month closure of key NATO supply routes into Afghanistan as a triumph of Islamabad’s resolve.  The reverse is much closer to the mark, however.  Pakistan …

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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 …

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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

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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