Tag Archives: Pakistan

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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Defining “success” in proxy arming: the Afghanistan case

As expected, my recent post on arming Syria’s rebels (see here) generated a bit of debate among Notes on the Periphery readers. Danny, among others, made an important conceptual point: in assessing the “success” of four past cases of proxy … 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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Weekly News Roundup: Nigeria’s state of emergency, Kidal battle looming, and Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia

Missed a week again as I was away in the greatest city in the world. But have no fear, a double helping of news roundup is here for all to see. West Africa Nigeria: In the most drastic measures taken … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Iraq on edge, coup in Chad, and a town flattened in Nigeria

It’s a 2-for-1 deal! Having failed to deliver a news roundup last weekend, I’ll use this weekend’s roundup to cover two weeks-worth of news and analysis below. As usual, lots going on. Middle East & North Africa Turkey: The Kurdistan … 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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Weekly News Roundup: What you missed while watching the “Boston manhunt”

It has certainly been a harrowing week, especially for current residents of the Boston area—including myself. As far as we know now, the Boston Marathon bombers were Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers born in Kyrgyzstan with family in … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Que Tirah Tirah, renewed fighting in Darfur, and a military shakeup in Yemen

South Asia Pakistan: In perhaps the largest military offensive since Swat in 2009 and South Waziristan in 2010, Pakistani armed forces are attempting to dislodge Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) and Laskhar-e-Islam fighters from the Tirah Valley (map here). (Hence the pun in … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: “National dialogue” in Yemen, CAR on edge, and Bosco takes a long vacation to The Hague

West Africa Mali: France confirmed “with certainty” that key AQIM commander Abou Zeid is dead. But the jury is still out on the status of Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Speaking of AQIM, the terrorist group announced this week that it had beheaded … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Rumblings in Central Africa, progress on the two Sudans, and Al Qaeda’s pitiful online game

Busy week in several areas of interest for Notes on the Periphery! A lot of interesting stuff to get plugged into… West Africa Mali: Le Monde has a very eloquent description of the Islamist fighters’ “citadel of rocks”—the rugged Adrar de … Continue reading

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