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Pakistan Chronicle

Pakistan Chronicle

Wahid Monawar, a regular contributor to The Public Record, is a former Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Currently, he is a member of the Peace Project. Follow him @AfghanPolicy. In this column, he offers another point of view on issues related to US dealings with Pakistan. “What can I do […]

Negotiating With Pakistan

Negotiating With Pakistan

When the Taliban dishonored their word and exploited the trust of the Afghan government by assassinating Afghanistan’s High Peace Council Chair and its former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai was left with no choice but to approach the peace process with a pragmatic view. Mr. Karzai stated that Afghanistan will no longer enter […]

Taliban: A Terrorist Group, Not A Political Party

Taliban: A Terrorist Group, Not A Political Party

How ironic, of all people in the world, Vladimir Lenin, the Russian revolutionary defined the goal of terrorism succinctly. Lenin said: “the purpose of terrorism is to terrorize.” A century has unfolded since Lenin’s practical conclusion. In modern era, America witnessed the act of domestic terrorism by Timothy McVeigh, a United States Army veteran also […]

Made In Pakistan

Made In Pakistan

Growing up in Afghanistan in the late seventies and early eighties, my grandfather admonished me to never purchase any product made in Pakistan. Like many Afghans, I sincerely appreciated my grandfather’s wisdom, but I never had the courage to question it, why? So one day at school, I asked a friend, who was also told […]

Iran’s Dangerous Role In The Afghan War

Iran’s Dangerous Role In The Afghan War

Just as troubling is the role of Pakistan in supporting extremism and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan by allowing them sanctuaries in its territory, the Islamic Republic of Iran plays a more serious and dangerous role in Afghanistan’s domestic affairs. This could eventually dictate the outcome of US engagement in Afghanistan to an invidious conclusion. Here is […]

Afghan War Superhero

Afghan War Superhero

Where’s Spiderman when you need him? I am not referring to Central Intelligence Agency’s station chief in Kabul, nicknamed “Spiderman”, although he can play that heroic role too— but every time I see a picture of Hamid Karzai, the mercurial President of Afghanistan, I can’t help thinking of the 2002 blockbuster Spiderman. Here’s why? We […]

Irresponsible Leaders

Irresponsible Leaders

The Totalitarian Military Dictatorship regime of Myanmar also known as Burma allowed a multi-party general parliamentary election after almost 20 years. The elections took place on 7th of November 2010, in accordance with the new constitution which was approved in a referendum held in May 2008. The general election forms the fifth step of the […]

The Cost Of Pakistan’s Betrayal

The Cost Of Pakistan’s Betrayal

“May you live in interesting times” – The timing to ponder this ancient Chinese proverb/curse could not be more perfect, given the world’s political events of the last decade, especially the recent drama surrounding the revelation by the web-based whistle-blower WikiLeaks, where a substantial number of classified documents attest to the U.S.’s failure in identifying Pakistan’s role and its untrustworthy behavior in an almost decade-long war on terror.

Important Notice, In Afghan Peace

Important Notice, In Afghan Peace

With the election of Barack Obama and his slogan “Yes, we can,” Afghans too, like many Americans, were hopeful for a new chapter in the U.S. engagement in Afghanistan. Afghans believed that, perhaps, the new administration would lend an open ear to them and listen to their concerns, instead of producing strategy after strategy, continuing […]

Tossing The ‘COIN,’ In Afghanistan

Tossing The ‘COIN,’ In Afghanistan

The drama surrounding Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s departure as the head of US/NATO command presents an opportunity to take a fresh look at the United States’ counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy in Afghanistan. After a speedy crush of Taliban proxy regime in Afghanistan in October of 2001, the United States continued with its strategy of counterterrorism to annihilate […]

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