Monday, December 22, 2014
  1. Pakistan’s New Leaf?

    Brahma Chellaney

    Pakistan’s New Leaf?


     sees no evidence that the Peshawar massacre will stop the country from supporting jihadist terror.

    Pakistan military student march Rana Sajid Hussain/ZumaPress

    The Peshawar massacre was not the first time that Pakistan, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, became a terror victim. But the attack has underscored how the contradiction between battling one set of terror groups while shielding others for cross-border undertakings has hobbled the Pakistani state. READ MORE

  2. A Petition for Peshawar

    Gordon Brown

    A Petition for Peshawar


     argues that the world cannot stand by as schools are attacked and students are murdered.

    Pakistan Peshawar Massacre Debajyoti Chakraborty/ZumaPress

    The murder of 132 schoolchildren in Pakistan is the latest example of what is becoming a horrific pattern: armed men using students as pawns in their conflicts, turning access to education into a weapon of war. The world cannot afford to stand by as schools are shut down and children become afraid to pursue an education. READ MORE

  3. Pakistan After the Peshawar Massacre

    Shahid Javed Burki

    Pakistan After the Peshawar Massacre


     calls the Taliban's slaughter of schoolchildren a tipping point in the fight against extremism.

    Pakistan Peshawar Massacre Prensa Internacional/ZumaPress

    The Taliban's December 16 massacre of students at a military school in Peshawar was the single deadliest attack in the group’s history. But, by attacking the children of military families, the Taliban has dramatically increased the likelihood that Pakistan will move resolutely against it. READ MORE

  4. Thanking Bangladesh

    Shashi Tharoor

    Thanking Bangladesh


     praises Indian leaders' willingness to settle a land-boundary dispute dating back to 1947.

    Sheikh Hasina Narendra Modi PresidenciaRD/President Rajapaksa/Flickr

    Earlier this month, India’s parliament took the first step toward settling a boundary dispute with Bangladesh that dates back to the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Such an agreement would provide a major boost to the already warm bilateral relationship – and encourage Bangladesh to continue its anti-terror efforts. READ MORE

  5. Iran in the Middle

    Michel Rocard

    Iran in the Middle


     argues that a nuclear deal with Iran is made more likely by tectonic changes in the Middle East.

    Obama and Rouhani Jack/Asia Society/Flickr

    International negotiations to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions have been extended, and it would be easy to conclude that no final agreement will be reached. Yet the two main governments involved, Iran and the US, lately have seemed committed – if not desperate – to bring the talks to a successful conclusion. READ MORE

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