Pakistan and the War on Terror: Conflicted Goals, Compromised Performance

    The United States must shift its counterterrorism policy towards Pakistan away from a reciprocal approach—requiring Islamabad to perform desirable actions to receive support—towards one encouraging Pakistan to enact effective counterterrorism policies, not for an immediate payoff, but to strengthen institutionalized trust with the U.S. over time,

    Afghanistan's Situation and its Impact in the Region and the World

    On January 18, 2008, Afghanistan's former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Abdullah discussed the problems facing Afghanistan and possible solutions. The discussion was moderated by Carnegie's Jessica T. Mathews.

    Musharraf's Inconsistent War on Terror

    Politics More Dangerous than Nukes, Analyst Says

    Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

    At the Precipice

    The killing today of Benazir Bhutto was tragic for many reasons. Most obviously, it was another senseless death, adding to the spiraling extremist violence that has spread in recent years from Pakistan's remote regions into the heart of its major cities, including the capital, Islamabad and the nearby military garrison, Rawalpindi, where Bhutto was murdered. But the killing also may push the country even farther from a return to real democracy, already a shaky prospect in a country with a checkered history of electoral politics. For while Bhutto was hardly a saint, she had served as the strongest, most credible opposition voice against the sham elections prepared for early January.

    Pakistan—Conflicted Ally in the War on Terror

    Pakistan’s has given a lackluster performance in counterterrorism because it has been unmotivated, but also because of extraneous factors beyond the immediate control of Islamabad, said Ashley J. Tellis at an event launching his new policy brief.  

    Fueling Options: The Future of India's Energy Security

    • December 05, 2007

    Pramit Pal Chaudhuri spoke at the Carnegie Endowment on December 5, 2007 to present India's menu of energy options.

    Musharraf and the Con Game

    There always seems to be a good reason to support a dictator. Musharraf today makes the argument that if he is removed, he will be replaced by radical Islamists. By cracking down on moderates with moderate credentials, he is trying to ensure that his argument reflects reality. If he holds on, his opposition will be radicalized and there will be no alternative.

    Winding Back Martial Law in Pakistan

    Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President at the International Crisis Group, says Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency violates the constitution and moves the country further from democracy. Plus, he's not even that good of a partner in the war on terror. The US ought to impose some conditions on Musharraf and support Pakistan's civil society and democratic institutions.

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