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Why We’d Miss Musharraf

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation
September 12, 2007 |

These are rough days for Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan’s president is beset on all sides by critical U.S. politicians and pundits, a hostile judicial establishment, a resurgent al Qaeda, and an increasingly militant religious extremist wing. Smelling weakness, two ambitious former prime ministers, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, are plotting their triumphant returns from exile. Musharraf may finally be running out of options. Speculation is rampant that he may soon have no choice but to take off his military uniform and work out a power-sharing arrangement with Sharif, Bhutto, or both.

It's Pakistan's Choice

  • By
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
September 6, 2007 |

As Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, struggles to retain power, the United States finds itself in a familiar predicament, one that illustrates a recurring pathology in its foreign policy. Having yet again cast its lot with a strongman, Washington is confounded now that his political position has become precarious. It’s the Anastasio Somoza, shah of Iran, Ferdinand Marcos dynamic in a different guise. Though Musharraf won’t be forced into exile like those friends of Washington, the best he can hope for is to survive the current turmoil with vastly reduced authority.

CNN Interviews Nir Rosen on Iraq and Peter Bergen on Pakistan

September 1, 2007

Interview with Nir Rosen on Iraq:

...TOM FOREMAN, CNN ANCHOR: So Nir, we keep hearing reports, though, nonetheless out of Baghdad. People saying that give us time, we are trying to get this government worked out. We are going to make some progress. Do you see any way that can happen?

Benazir Bhutto Negotiates a Return to Pakistan's Politics

  • By
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
August 6, 2007 |

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president and strongman, met his nemesis, the opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, in Abu Dhabi on July 27. Only extraordinary political circumstances could have thrown these two together. Musharraf sees Bhutto -- a former prime minister who’s lived in exile since the general brought corruption charges against her -- as emblematic of all that’s wrong with Pakistan’s inept and graft-ridden political parties.

Peshawar Politics

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
July 31, 2007 |

Peshawar, Pakistan -- Here, at the base of the fabled Khyber Pass, the British Raj not only trained the famous Khyber Rifle Regiment but, knowing they were in for a long haul, also built a rail network and the structures that are still used as civil and army offices to oversee Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. The guest book of the Khan Klub, a Peshawar guesthouse, is filled with thank you notes from British tourists who are still welcome here.

Red Dawn

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
July 23, 2007 |

Two months ago, on a rainy afternoon in Islamabad, I paid a visit to the Red Mosque. Its militant imam, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, was suddenly a force to be reckoned with in Pakistani politics, his students having recently undertaken a series of violent protests aimed at showing their contempt for the government of President Pervez Musharraf. The proximate cause of their anger was the demolition of several mosques in Islamabad that authorities said had been built without the required authorizations, but their agenda had broader elements, including a demand that Musharraf implement sharia law.

Brian Lehrer Show Interviews Rajan Menon on Pakistan

July 20, 2007

The National Intelligence Estimate released this week revealed the continuing role of Pakistan in the survival of Al Qaeda. Former CIA analyst Paul Pillar and Lehigh University professor of international relations Rajan Menon talk about how US foreign policy could best address the problem.

To listen to this interview, please visit The Brian Lehrer Show website.

Pakistan's Uncertain Future

  • By
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
July 20, 2007 |

After the shootout at Islamabad’s Red Mosque, the pro-democracy demonstrations against Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf in the months preceding it, and Islamists’ rallies and suicide bombings following it, the United States finds itself in a familiar situation, aligned with a general who grabbed power in a coup but has become politically isolated, perhaps beyond repair. The difference is that Pakistan is now a more dangerous place than it was under the three prior military strongmen, Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, and Zia ul-Haq.

Inter Press Service Quotes Anatol Lieven on Pakistan, Al-Qaeda

July 19, 2007

The latest National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), a two-page unclassified version of which was released here Tuesday, found that al Qaeda has largely rebounded from its eviction from Afghanistan nearly six years ago and re-constituted both its central organisation and some of its training and operational capacities, leading to a ‘’heightened threat environment’’ for the U.S. itself.

Australian Broadcasting Corp. Interviews Peter Bergen on Pakistan

July 18, 2007

ELEANOR HALL: The latest US intelligence report released in Washington this morning noted that al-Qaeda has found a safe haven in Pakistan to regenerate...

But at the same time, the Bush administration has renewed its support for Pakistan's President, Pervez Musharraf, as Alison Caldwell reports.

ALISON CALDWELL: Pakistan's suspended Chief Justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, has become a symbol of resistance to President General Pervez Musharraf and his eight-year rule.

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