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Gates, Pelosi and Obama on the July Troop Drawndown.

As was expected, during his farewell tour of bases in Afghanistan Secretary of Defense Robert Gates argued for maintaining the maximum number of combat troops feasible in Afghanistan well past the July drawdown. Just today, in Kandahar Province, Secretary Gates said that  he’d advise the Obama administration to keep as many battle ready boots on […]

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NATO Mistakes Too Costly as July Drawdown Nears

The most difficult thing to countenance when one is an analyst-watcher-critic of Afghan politics and society is the nearly weekly news that some child or innocent woman has been killed in NATO airstrikes or nightly door to door counter-terrorist operations.  This, any time of the year, any year at all. But this is a different […]

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Lessons From a Talk on Religious Education and Pluralism in Pakistan at the Wilson Center

I recently had the pleasure of attending an excellent talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. on the way religious education structures pluralism in Pakistan.  Matthew Nelson, a Lecturer at SOAS, University of London and a Fellow at the Wilson Center, offered a deeply interesting discussion on ways to think about religious “madrasa” […]

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Pakistan and President Obama's Tocquevillian Foreign Policy

President Obama’s first move in his speech at the State Department on U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East was to address directly and immediately the hunt for and death of Osama bin Laden.  He argued, forcefully, that bin Laden was not a martyr. Indeed he was anything but. The president reminded his domestic and international […]

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Afghanistan and President Obama's Articulated Foreign Policy

President Barack Obama today defended what he wants the young men on the street in far-flung countries to view as a new stripe of diplomacy, one that is informed by the value of self-determination and respect for those young millions hungry for it. One that does not contrast American interests from American values. Time will […]

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Is the Pakistani Military at War With Itself?

Not too long ago, the Tehrik-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that claimed the lives of at least 80 paramilitary cadets at a military training center in Charsadda, in Northern Pakistan.  The Taliban announced the bombing was an act of revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden.  It had taken out elements of […]

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What if the U.S. Cuts off Military Aid to Pakistan?

Has U.S. military aid to Pakistan over the past 50 years helped that country in any desirable way? Or is U.S. aid partly the cause of Pakistan’s dire security and development situation? Has aid to the military, and the ill-advised redistribution of that aid to other, less savory agents, fundamentally crippled governance and social and […]

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Must See Documentary "Bhutto" Airs Tonight on PBS

Must See Documentary "Bhutto" Airs Tonight on PBS

I urge all our readers who live on the East Coast of the United States to tune into PBS stations at 10pm for “Bhutto”, a two hour investigative documentary on Benazir Bhutto, the assassinated former Prime Minister and PPP leader.  An examination of the life and politics of Benazir Bhutto -once popular leader, assassinated in […]

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Prime Minister Puts Out Call to Eradicate Poverty on Tagore's Birthday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent call to eradicate poverty in South Asia through an international cooperative effort is a welcome move. She proposed such a moved during a celebtration of the life and the work of the great Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur).  During her term in office Sheikh Hasina has raised Bangladesh’s profile on the international […]

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What Did the Pakistani Military and Intelligence Service Know?

The narrative of the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan is still in flux, nearly seven days out. The nucleus of that narrative however remains static : what did the Pakistani military and intelligence services know about bin Laden’s whereabouts, when did it know it and what did it do about that knowledge or […]

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Ambassador to U.S Husain Haqqani Defends Government on Charlie Rose

Yesterday, May 3rd, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani went on Charlie Rose to defend his government’s inaction on the set of circumstances and events surrounding the near capture and, ultimately, targeted killing of Osama bin Laden. It was a revelatory chat.  For, during that time in one move Ambassador Haqqani tried to quelch […]

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Bin Laden, al Qaeda and Its Future on "Frontline"

Bin Laden, al Qaeda and Its Future on "Frontline"

The documentary program “Frontline” aired a comprehensive set of documentaries on the occasion of Osama bin Laden’s capture and death.  It is an excellent collection, a much better resource for this throbbing, restless time than most newspapers and broadcast journalism outlets. (Though the broadcast is not yet available in its entirety, please find an excerpt […]

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Osama Bin Laden Killed in Pakistan

President Obama is about to address the nation and declare that U.S troops have killed Osama Bin Laden, and that the U.S military is in possession of his body. The most wanted man in the world, responsible for the attacks on American soil on September 11, 2001 is now dead.  The man whose actions led […]

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Is New U.S. National Security Team Bad for Pakistani Military?

General David Petraeus’ appointment at the new Director of Central Intelligence has been a well-regarded move within Washington D.C.’s political establishment. Islamabad, however has shrunk away from President Obama’s national security reshuffle that has now churned up the highest ranks of the Pentagon’s civilian and military leadership, as well as that of the nation’s top […]

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Cheap Talk and Signal in Taliban Spring Thaw Strategy

The Taliban declared that, on Sunday April 31st, they would begin operations on their spring thaw military strategy against “the foreign invading forces“.  The Taliban, the self-proclaimed Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, promised to attack U.S and NATO assets and soldiers as well as businessmen who wish to work with Western institutions and agencies.  Officials close […]

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About the Author

Faheem Haider
Faheem Haider

Faheem Haider is a political analyst, writer and artist. He holds advanced research degrees in political economy, political theory and the political economy of development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and New York University. He also studied political psychology at Columbia University. During long stints away from his beloved Washington Square Park, he studied peace and conflict resolution and French history and European politics at the American University in Washington DC and the University of Paris, respectively.

Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.

That work and associated writing can be found at the following link: http://blackandwhiteandthings.wordpress.com

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