Pakistan

Women walk through Kabul in 1972. (Via Amnesty International UK)

How the Muslim World Lost the Freedom to Choose

A brave new book describes how Pakistan unraveled — and provides a blueprint for understanding declining pluralism across the Middle East.

Indian military recruits during a parade near Srinagar, India, on March 4, 2015. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)

Is India Starting to Flex Its Military Muscles?

A new willingness to use force beyond its borders suggests that a sleeping giant may be awakening.

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) logo (Wikimedia Commons).

Two new books on Pakistan’s ISI and its ‘War for National Survival’

With all the press on Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate’s (ISI) activities over the years, our shelves should be bulging with books dissecting the service.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) addresses demonstrators on Kashmir Solidarity day in Lahore on February 5, 2015. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Is Inviting Its Favorite Jihadis Into Parliament

It might seem like the Pakistani military is trying to defang its ostensible adversaries. It's really trying to empower them.

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Hamid Karzai Has Nothing Good To Say About America

The former Afghan president sees only more killing in Trump's plan for his country.

<> on July 2, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Trump’s Presidential Afghanistan Speech

Details may be slim, but the president nailed the "why" of America's longest war — and boldly went against his political base.

Pakistani NGO activists hold placards during an event to celebrate the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai in Islamabad on October 14, 2014. New Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai wasted little time living up to the accolade last week, inviting the leaders of traditional foes India and Pakistan to accompany her and fellow winner Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights activist, to the award ceremony. But, just hours later, a fresh exchange of fire between troops in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir provided a stark reminder that the prospect of lasting peace remains as distant as ever. AFP PHOTO/ Aamir QURESHI        (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Pakistan Hates Malala

The West reveres Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Pakistanis resent and envy her.

SRINAGAR, INDIA:  An Indian Hindu pilgrim begins his trek to one of the holiest Hindu shrines at the Amarath cave situated at a height of 3,800 meters (12,800 feet) in Indian Kashmir, 09 June 2006. Last year more than 400,000 Hindus made the holy hike over glaciers and along narrow paths overhanging deep gorges to offer prayers to an ice stalagmite they believe depicts Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. AFP PHOTO/STR  (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists

Pilgrims headed to the divided region of Kashmir get armed guards and national encouragement — if they're Hindu.

Supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) burn posters bearing the image od Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as they take part in a protest in Lahore on July 23, 2017.
Pakistan's governing party has rejected as "trash" a corruption report accusing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of living beyond his means, the latest in long-running allegations which sparked calls for him to resign. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of civilian and military investigators has issued a report claiming there was a "significant disparity" in the Sharif family's income and lifestyle. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI        (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Only Enemy Pakistan’s Army Can Beat Is Its Own Democracy

The country's prime ministers have always come and gone at the behest of the generals who really run the country.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 22: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives at the White House October 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Prime Minister participated in a bi-lateral meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Downfall of Nawaz Sharif and the Triumph of Stupidity

Pakistan’s democracy is stronger with the removal of the prime minister on corruption charges. But the primacy of the armed forces remains intact.

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