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Pakistan’s forsaken daughters

November 26th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


Two teenage girls have exposed hypocrisy embedded in Pakistan’s societal and religious framework. In September, 14-year-old Rimsha Masih tore apart the sense of equal rights for non-Muslims when an Islamabad court released her on bail in a blasphemy case.

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Lessons from my talks with the Taliban

July 30th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


To judge by discussions I had with figures close to the Afghan Taliban in Dubai last week, on certain key issues the Taliban leadership and the US administration are far closer than most analysts believe. The chief obstacle to a peace settlement is likely to come not from Taliban links to al-Qaeda but rather from the question of how to divide up power within Afghanistan.

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MEDIA ALERT: Major hotel in Kabul attacked by Taliban

June 28th, 2011, Media Alerts

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Bomb explosion and gunfire reported at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel.

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How to Negotiate with the Taliban

October 20th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

The war against the Taliban is passing the nine years mark and NATO forces are waning their commitment to a never-ending counterinsurgency war. Is time ripe for negotiating a deal with the Taliban? If so, what does negotiating with the Taliban mean? Who is a legitimate negotiator for the Taliban and does the Afghan government and NATO mediators have a common narrative to negotiate with religious actors? Qamar-ul Huda, from the United States Institute of Peace, talks about how to bring peace to Afghanistan.

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Terropiracy in South and South East Asia

October 6th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

South and South East Asia are faced with the likelihood of profit motivated-pirates committing acts of terror and politically driven terrorists resorting to piracy. Unlike terrorism that emanates from South/South West Asia and piracy that originates from South East Asia, terropiracy is linking South and South East Asia together. Swadesh Rana, Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and former head of the Conventional Arms Branch in the Department of Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations, provides an exclusive analysis for Global Expert Finder.

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Many dead in Lahore shrine attack

July 1st, 2010, Media Alerts

LAHORE, PAKISTAN – At least 35 people have been killed and more than 130 injured in an attack on a Muslim shrine in the eastern city of Lahore.

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