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  • Need for U.S. Leadership on Afghanistan-Pakistan Reconciliation

    A front-page story on Afghan-Pakistani relations in today’s Washington Post indicates that Afghanistan and Pakistan are discussing a peace settlement for Afghanistan. While a genuine thaw in relations between the two countries would be welcome, the idea that the U.S. would take a back seat in any effort to negotiate … More

    The Shahzad Email and the Need to Understand Violent Islamism

    An email purportedly written by Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad four years ago reveals that he was motivated to attack the U.S. partly by radical Islamist ideology. In the email, Shahzad questions democracy (which he refers to as “human made laws”) and favors an Islamic system of governance in … More

    Investigation of Times Square Bomb Plot Shifts to Pakistan

    U.S. officials are reportedly making progress in investigations of the plot to bomb Times Square through questioning of suspected attacker Faisal Shahzad and with help from Pakistani authorities who have rounded up several of Shahzad’s contacts in Pakistan. Despite initially telling U.S. investigators that he acted alone, Shahzad later said … More

    Times Square Bombing Suspect Unlikely to be Lone Wolf

    Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad has apparently told investigators that he was not acting on behalf of any international terrorist organization. However, given that he spent several months in Pakistan just prior to returning to the U.S. to conduct the attack indicates he may well have been in contact … More

    Pakistan Could Help Turn Tide in Afghanistan

    After months of mounting frustration with Pakistan over its unwillingness to crack down on Afghan Taliban leaders finding sanctuary on its soil, Pakistan appears to be coming through with cooperation that could help turn the tide in the war in Afghanistan. Following last week’s revelation that the number two Taliban … More

    Taliban Leader Capture Suggests Pakistan Strategy Shift

    The recent capture of the number two Afghan Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Bahadur in Pakistan is a blow to the Afghan Taliban and their ability to coordinate the insurgency in southern Afghanistan. Bahadur’s arrest will help reestablish Pakistan’s counterterrorism credentials with Washington. The Pakistan military leadership also may be seeking … More

    Gates' Visit Bolsters U.S.-India Security Ties

    As the Taliban assaulted Kabul, Defense Secretary Gates made an important visit to India, the South Asian giant whose partnership is critical to stabilizing the region and checking terrorism trends that jeopardize world security. In an op-ed that ran in today’s Times of India, Gates emphasizes the helpful role Indian … More

    Pakistan Must Act Decisively against Lashkar-e-Tayyiba

    A recent alleged terrorist plot that was cracked here in the U.S. shows that the Pakistan-based terrorist group the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) is closely connected to al-Qaeda and is part of a global terrorist syndicate that threatens not only India, but also Western democracies in general. In October, U.S. authorities in … More

    Afghan Election Uncertainty Ends

    Now that the November 7th run-off election in Afghanistan has been canceled and Hamid Karzai announced the official winner of the August 20th election, President Obama should end the uncertainty surrounding the future of U.S. engagement in the region and announce a strategy for moving forward in Afghanistan. The ongoing … More

    Kerry Afghan Plan Lacks Boldness

    Senator John Kerry in his speech at the Council on Foreign Relations Monday criticized General McChrystal’s Afghanistan assessment for going “too far, too fast,” yet he failed to lay out an alternative strategy for success or to provide a convincing case against implementation of McChrystal’s specific recommendations. Kerry rightly admitted … More