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News and Analysis Week Ending 17 October

October 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

A plan B for Obama (FP)   The US is severely handicapped by a significant lack of credibility that is a direct consequence of its own foreign policy incompetence in the Middle East in the past several decades, especially the past decade. Most people and political movements, and a few governments, in the Middle East […]

Who Rolls the Dice?

July 28, 2010 by  
Filed under geopolitics, war on terror

As a blogger I have to rely on graphics from other sources. But that’s OK..in this web 2.0 environment such collaboration is permitted. This one from Outlook is a wee bit dated in view of WikiLeaks but the larger question is determining who rolls the Dice and controls the fate of South Asia in the […]

Talking to Taliban

July 26, 2010 by  
Filed under foreign policy, geopolitics

NATO wants out NATO’s new strategy in Afghanistan is part military offensive, part training the Afghan security forces, part fostering civil society and part talking with at least some members of the Taliban, to entice them to join the government side. In one sense, it all began with President Barack Obama’s moves for a new […]

The Terror Factories of Pakistan

May 9, 2010 by  
Filed under geopolitics, war on terror

This map is the nearest one could get on the operative distribution pattern of Taliban in the Pakistani FATA and NWFP, courtesy BBC. The map of terror camps along the Indian border is equally large. A rare recent glimpse into conditions in the FATA came from an e-mail sent by David Headley, the Chicago-based alleged […]

Shahzad Phenomenon

May 6, 2010 by  
Filed under war on terror

Yes indeed the incident is part of  global phenomenon of Jihadis acting against the West with single-minded devotion. It is surprising that Shahzad was from an affluent Pakistan military family and was trained and indoctrinated in the Pakistan’s terror university. That he was an educated, middleclass, married and US naturalised citizen doing well for himself […]

Burden of Proof

March 27, 2010 by  
Filed under foreign policy, war on terror

Headley acknowledges the role of Pakistan Army in Mumbai attacks, as per reports in the media. It may come as a surprise to Pakistan but the involvement of Pakistan Army was always an open secret. That this statement of Headley has to be verified to be relevant in a court of law in Pakistan by […]

Headley and the Can of Worms

March 19, 2010 by  
Filed under war on terror

The life of Gilani or Headly can be read and viewed here from an American perspective. The most startling revelation is the characteristic blue and brown eyes – as the media terms it being reflective of the double life he lived. That he pleaded guilty on all 12 counts of terror related charges in exchange for […]