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A Wake-Up Call for Pakistan’s Leaders

A Wake-Up Call for Pakistan’s Leaders

The murder of schoolchildren demands a change in counterterrorism policy.

Baby Steps for AfPak Relations

Baby Steps for AfPak Relations

Ghani has a clear vision for AfPak relations but genuine peace building deserves cautious optimism.

Minesweeper: Afghanistan’s Untapped Potential

Minesweeper: Afghanistan’s Untapped Potential

Afghanistan is rich with natural resources but fully realizing the potential comes with costs and benefits.

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Pakistani Military Kills 62 Militants; Modi Sends Message to Pakistan; Drone Strike in Afghanistan Kills 8

Pakistan Pakistani military kills 62 militants The Pakistani military said on Friday that it had killed 62 militants in clashes near the country’s border with ...

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A Desperate Act by Pakistan’s Taliban

As the Pakistani nation is mourning Tuesday’s tragedy that killed 132 schoolchildren in the country’s northern city of Peshawar, questions are being raised about the ...

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In the Afterglow of the London Conference

With the uptick in violence since the formation of the National Unity Government in Afghanistan in September, led by Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the ...

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The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

As Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif was busy emphasizing his country’s “sincerity” in taking action against all militants during his weeklong visit to Washington, ...

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The Ultimate AfPak Reading List

What follows is the Ultimate AfPak Reading List -- an amalgamation of syllabi from classes I've taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard ...

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The Shelf

The Shelf is a collection of the reviews of books relevant to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the region that have been commissioned by the South ...

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How Can Ashraf Ghani End Corruption When Strongmen Helped Elect Him?

“[Afghan] warlords are a creation of the policies of the [George W.] Bush administration and [Hamid] Karzai’s weakness,” Ashraf Ghani told ABC Radio Australia when ...

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What Indians Really Think About the Foreign Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

  This article is part of a monthly series by the author that highlights possible post-2014 scenarios for Afghanistan. India, so goes the conventional wisdom, ...

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Six Things About Afghanistan That May Surprise You

Despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration on Sep. 29, many Afghans remain skeptical about what will happen next and whether his power-sharing deal with Chief ...

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Is the Afghan Unity Government a Roadmap for Negotiations With the Taliban?

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was inaugurated as president of Afghanistan on Sept. 29, 2014, after a three-month-long dispute over the outcome of the June 14 runoff ...

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The South Asia Channel, a collaboration with the New America Foundation and Johns Hopkins SAIS, features deep analysis of issues concerning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and covers everything from politics to business to culture.

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