Playing One Side Off the Other Only Hurts Pakistan in the End

Playing One Side Off the Other Only Hurts Pakistan in the End

In an article at Foreign Affairs that’s not behind a pay wall, Barbara Elias-Sanborn (not behind a pay wall) explains how the reported death* of TTP (Pakistan’s Taliban) head Baitullah Mehsud might result in the TTP announcing its loyalty to Mullah Omar,...

NATO Airstrike Played Right Into Pakistani Insurgents’ Hands

Not everyone is outraged by the NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The Wall Street Journal reports: As Pakistan’s top leaders gathered Sunday to bury 24 Pakistani soldiers killed by NATO airstrike [two] Afghan officials working in the border area...

Is Pakistan Appeasing the Taliban?

In May 2008, in the midst of the ongoing Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, Islamabad concluded at least two peace agreements with Taliban and Taliban-linked groups operating in Pakistan. Although negotiations with the Taliban are necessary for any broad-based peace...