Commentary / World Sep 14, 2011

U.S. response to 9/11 plunged Pakistan into chaos

The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States sent shock waves around the world from which Pakistan has still not recovered. Indeed, Pakistan's participation in what former U.S. President George W. Bush called the "global war on terror" has produced overwhelmingly negative consequences, as ...

Commentary / World Aug 8, 2011

China could fill Af-Pak vacuum left by U.S.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan have continued to fray since a U.S. Special Forces team killed Osama bin Laden in a comfortable villa near a major Pakistani military academy. But the tit-for-tat retaliations that have followed the raid reflect deeper sources of ...

Commentary / World Jun 2, 2011

Pakistan again turns toward China

Large events sometimes have unintended strategic consequences, as the killing of Osama bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad, a military-dominated town near Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, shows. The fact that the world's most wanted man lived for a half-dozen years in a large house within ...

Commentary / World Feb 19, 2011

Bracing for Pakistan's 'Mubarak moment'

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's domestic situation is becoming increasingly precarious. Indeed, serious questions are being raised as to whether the country can survive in its present form. Such questions stem from a growing fear that Islamist groups might once again make a serious bid to capture ...

Commentary / World Oct 19, 2010

The return of Musharraf

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, has decided to return to Pakistani politics, if not quite to Pakistan. He announced his decision at London's National Liberal Club, an institution founded in the 19th century by William Gladstone and other stalwarts of Britain's ...

Commentary / World Jul 29, 2010

Pakistan's aid-addicted economy needs reform

LAHORE — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's just-concluded visit to Islamabad — for the second session of the strategic dialogue that she and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, launched in Washington earlier this year — brought some comfort to her hosts. The ...