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Author: Kfir, Isaac (Dr.)

US-Pakistan Relations and the China Factor

The reaction of US policymakers to the killing of Osama bin Laden in a compound not too far from the Pakistani capital and within a stone throw from Pakistan’s military academy has pushed US-Pakistani relations to their lowest point in years.

Anti-Foreign Policy, Pakistan and the Security-Development Nexus

US policymakers must realize that anti-Americanism in Pakistan is caused by US action (drone attacks and breaches to Pakistani sovereignty), US rhetoric (castigating Pakistan as a failed state and accusing its leaders of incompetency and/or collusion) and US arrogance (US decides what Pakistan needs). First

The Taliban Policy of Assassination

The assassination of the mayor of Kandahar Ghulam Haider Hamidi on July 27, which the Taliban has claimed responsibility for is the third assassination of a senior Afghan politician in as many weeks, which seems to indicate a shift in the Taliban’s military strategy. There

Bangkok Terror Attacks: Is there a Cause for Concern ?

Unlike scores of other cities around the globe, Bangkok ushered in 2007 in tears rather than jubilation. A number of small bombs known as “M-4 bombs” were detonated by digital clocks in eight separate locations in the Thai capital killing three people and injured over

Southern Thailand and Islamic Terrorism

Since January 2004, the insurgency in Southern Thailand has claimed more than 2000 lives through various acts of violence such as shootings, arsons and bombings. In the Chinese New Year attacks indicating a significant change in the type of operation conducted.

Pakistan coming apart at the seam?

The state of affairs in Pakistan raises concern due to Pakistan’s importance in the global ‘war on terror’, especially following growing American concerns regarding Pakistan’s contribution to the campaign.

A Blow to the Peace Process

The assassination of 73 year-old Lakshman Kadirgamar raises concerns over the status of the already delicate peace negotiations between the Government and the Tamil Tigers, which has stalled since 2003.

Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Europe

The involvement of British Muslims in the London bombings, along with the killing of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a radical Dutch Muslim of Moroccan descent, have raised concerns that Jihadist Islam is penetrating Europe not only through new immigrants but also by appealing