South Asia and Beyond

The Coming Wave of ISI-sponsored Terrorism

ZURICH: The Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan must be pleased. The spy agency has patiently waged a 20-year proxy war against a superpower to a favourable outcome. Its earlier success against the Soviets (1979-89) had been gradually fading from memory. Its subsequent foray against the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir did not yield […]Read More

Many Attacks, One Attacker: The ISI’s Sponsorship Of Terrorism

ZURICH: Pakistan does not sponsor terrorism against India because of the Kashmir issue. It sponsors terrorism because its own people cannot hope for a better future. Their destructive energies must be deflected outward rather than allowed to fester domestically, in snowballing resentment at the commercial depredations of a mafia-like military officer corps. Kashmir only helps […]Read More

U.S. Approach To Afghanistan: Missing The Woods For The Trees

ZURICH: The United States is losing in Afghanistan because it lied to itself. Its war against the Taliban was never driven by a vision of fighting terrorism through nation-building, even though that was what policy debates implied. Rather, the conflict was a two-level engagement: an instinctive reprisal against Al Qaeda to exact vengeance for 9/11, […]Read More

An Axis Of Elite Corruption: CPEC Beyond The ‘Win-Win’ Rhetoric

ZURICH: If the name ‘China’ were deleted from ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ (CPEC), nobody except terrorism-watchers would pay attention to the country that remains. CPEC is projected by Islamabad as a ‘game-changer’ but it might only be a Pakistani reputation-laundering exercise that although strategically important is economically less than crucial to Beijing. The corridor provides a […]Read More