Category Archives: South Asia

Book thoughts: “The Dispensable Nation” by Vali Nasr (2013)

A Middle East scholar and former aide to the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke at the State Department, Vali Nasr holds back no punches. His latest book, The Dispensable Nation, rips into the Obama administration—particularly the White House—on one foreign policy … Continue reading

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Book thoughts: “Instant City” by Steve Inskeep (2011)

“This was Karachi…destination of pilgrims and home of the poor, a field of operations for the makers of buildings and bombs. The instant city mixed the good and the bad, battering people with the impartiality of a typhoon.” (p. 141) … Continue reading

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Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal – Hasina’s promise turned sour

In a post on Sunday, I laid out a cursory overview of the political woes currently facing Bangladesh (which you can read here). But here I drill down on a more specific question: was holding the Bangladeshi International Crimes Tribunal … Continue reading

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Bangladesh – A nation on the brink?

While many observers this week focused on Syria or Boston, a building collapse on Wednesday took the lives of more than 377 garment workers in faraway Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. Sadly, it is not the first time this country has … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 5 (full bracket)

Over the past month, Will Vogt and I have unveiled an entire “bracket,” modeled off the 68-team format used during college basketball’s final tournament, to provide a short preview of 64 “forgotten” conflicts across the world. In each “regional”—Middle East … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 4 (Asia-Pacific)

(Note: This post was completed in conjunction with Will Vogt, another Notes on the Periphery contributor and the beloved “obscurity” columnist.) On April 8, the three most fun weeks of the year ended, namely NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. For … Continue reading

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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Pakistan: the optimist and the pessimist

2013 got off to a horrid start in the Pakistani city of Quetta—long-known for being the suspected meeting place for the Afghan Taliban’s central leadership, in exile since the US invasion in 2001. On January and February, however, it was … Continue reading

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