Transatlantic Aims Overlap in the Middle East - Council on Foreign Relations

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

By: Mona Yacoubian

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In an era of global disorder—propelled by the intertwined dynamics of globalization and proliferating technology—the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) stand out as perhaps the most chaotic region. A proverbial “canary in the coal mine,” the MENA region’s numerous conflicts and endemic instability...

Imran Khan: Creating the biggest political storm of the year - Dawn

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

By: Moeed Yusuf

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You could see him as the power-hungry man atop a container,operating at the behest of the military and out to undermine Pakistan's democratic progression. Or you could cast him as the principled leader who stuck to his guns, and defied all those who had predicted that he would settle for...

Imran Khan’s Tryst With Afghanistan - India Press Agency

Monday, August 13, 2018

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Incorrigible optimists in Pakistan, albeit very few in numbers, are disappointed with the US decision to suspend military and educational training of 66 Pakistani officers under the ‘International Military Education and Training program’, thanks to the obstinacy of President Donald Trump. This is the first awkward bouncer to new Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi in the foreign policy arena as if reminding that his glorious cricketing career is irrelevant...

Taliban’s political stature rises with talks in Uzbekistan - Associated Press

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of increasing Taliban political clout in the region, the head of the insurgents’ political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials there, Uzbek and Taliban officials said. Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai represented the insurgents in the four-day talks that ended on Friday and included meetings with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister...

Brazen Taliban attack raises pressure on Afghan forces - Associated Press

Friday, August 10, 2018

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A brazen and bloody overnight assault Friday by the Taliban on a key provincial capital in central Afghanistan has increased pressure on U.S.-backed Afghan forces that are withering under relentless attacks, prompting President Ashraf Ghani to call an emergency meeting of his security officials. While government security forces in the city of Ghazni repulsed the multipronged attack with the help of U.S. air support, Taliban insurgents remained...

South Sudan: Juba residents jubilant over new peace deal - Al Jazeera

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Thousands of residents of South Sudan's capital Juba have been celebrating a peace deal struck between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, which rekindles hope that the guns will stop firing. The second power-sharing agreement deal was signed on Sunday in Khartoum...

How will Imran Khan govern? - Economist

Friday, August 3, 2018

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A weekafter a general election rocked by suspicions of fraud, the dust is beginning to settle. It looks all but certain that Imran Khan, a former captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, will be sworn in as the country’s next prime minister. His party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), will dominate...