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March 8, 2012

Pakistan
Gauging Taliban Moves in Pakistan

Reports that Pakistan-based militant groups may be moving to unite could help clarify U.S. talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. But CFR’s Daniel Markey calls it a tricky game, complicated by unclea…

January 24, 2012

Afghanistan
Taliban Talks, a Balancing Act

The United States continues to pursue peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban as a means to secure stability. Bruce Riedel discusses the challenges faced by the administration, including its ongoing t…

December 14, 2011

Afghanistan
Who Is Targeting Afghanistan’s Shia?

Attacks on Shia Muslims in Afghanistan claimed by a Pakistani militant group are a disturbing omen -- for sectarian ties and the prospects for a peace deal with insurgents, says counterterrorism expe…

May 23, 2011

Pakistan
A Low in Cycle of U.S.-Pakistan Ties

The killing of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. raid near Pakistan’s top military academy has fueled concerns about Pakistan’s support for Islamist radicals, but a resolution of the Kashmir dispute would he…

February 11, 2011

Egypt
In Mubarak’s Aftermath, Swift Reforms Needed

Egypt’s new military leadership needs to move quickly to cancel the thirty-year-old emergency law, open a national dialogue, and lay out a timetable for reforms, says former U.S. ambassador to Egypt …

February 23, 2011

Afghanistan
Gauging U.S.-Taliban Talks

There are clear indications of direct U.S. talks with the Taliban to end violence in Afghanistan, says expert Steve Coll. But the process is fraught with challenges posed by all parties to the confli…

March 9, 2011

Egypt
Egypt Post-Mubarak: ’Afterglow’ and Unease

Egypt is basking in a moment of freedom of expression but the optimism is tinged by concerns over security, says journalist Sharon Otterman.

January 31, 2011

Political Movements
Egypt’s Need for Presidential Change

The United States should be quietly pressing for President Mubarak to step aside and allow for a transfer of authority in Egypt--either a constitutional reform process or a caretaker government, says…

February 7, 2011

Egypt
Military Holds Key to Egypt’s Future

As Egypt’s opposition movement urges new protests, the Egyptian army has emerged as a key player in questions about a replacement government for President Mubarak, says expert Bruce K. Rutherford.

June 30, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Pakistan’s Gambit in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s latest moves to exert influence in Afghanistan, including possible brokering of talks with militant Taliban allies, could pose difficulties for U.S. stabilization efforts, says CFR’s Danie…