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Lessons from my talks with the Taliban

July 30th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

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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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Tightening censorship in the UAE

May 3rd, 2010, Comment & Analysis

Despite efforts to liberalize its economy, invite foreign investment, and develop cosmopolitan ‘global cities’, the UAE has repeatedly failed to distance itself from the murkiest of censorship practices, and has carefully maintained a grey cloud of ambiguity that continues to obscure freedom of expression. For years censorship has been an everyday reality for citizens and the millions of expatriates living in the UAE; with books, newspaper output, and Internet access all being heavily restricted. This, unfortunately, is a necessary evil of the autocratic traditional monarchies that maintain their stranglehold over the nation’s resources and its citizenry.

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Paul Sullivan

Professor of Economics, National Defense University

February 12th, 2010, Academia, Algeria, Area of Expertise, Arlington, Asia, Business and Globalization, Defense and Security, Development, Egypt, English, International Relations, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Mongolia, Nigeria, North Africa and Middle East, North America, North America, Qatar, Religion, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Subsaharan Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Terrorism, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, War and Conflict

Paul Sullivan

Dr. Paul Sullivan is Professor of Economics at National Defense University and adjunct professor of Security Studies and Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University.

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