Foreign Policy

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 06:54
Pakistan’s parliament has dealt a blow to Saudi hopes of defeating Yemen’s Houthi rebels, with MPs voting overwhelmingly for the country to remain out of the conflict. Friday’s vote, which came as tensions continued to rise between Riyadh and Tehran over the conflict in Yemen, will make it extremely hard for the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to offer anything more than symbolic help.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 07:03
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Pakistan's powerful military chief Thursday, as the Pakistan government wrestled with a dilemma over how to respond to a request from Saudi Arabia for Pakistani troops to fight in Yemen.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 07:09
Ashraf Ghani, the thoughtful new president of Afghanistan, came to Washington last week and the trip probably met his expectations. He wanted to thank the United States for “defending freedom” in his country and he did this more profusely than any foreign leader in recent history.
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:16
Peter Lavoy has been appointed to serve as Senior Director for South Asian Affairs
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:13
Pakistan has evacuated hundreds of citizens and diplomatic staff from war-torn Yemen
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:48
Secretary of State John Kerry: The depth of our discussions today reflect the critical nature of this moment, with Afghanistan’s government of national unity now fully responsible for the security of its people and moving ahead on a reform agenda of its own design. At the center of our bilateral relationship is a shared commitment to security and peace and a desire to promote prosperity and social progress throughout Afghanistan.
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:43
President Ghani’s first visit to Washington since the peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan in a democratic process for the first time in history, and also the first time in history a unity government.
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:21
The Obama administration would be wise to use Afghan President's visit not to simply reaffirm its current guidance regarding U.S. involvement in Afghanistan but to make a bold statement that it is committed to the longer-term, continued development of a key ally.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 07:02
The Obama administration wants $534 billion for DoD's base budget in 2016 — $36 billion more than spending caps allow, plus another $51 billion for the overseas contingency operations account.
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:06
The Afghan government is hoping Pakistan will help facilitate dialogue with the leaders of the Afghan Taliban, whom Pakistan has long harbored and enabled. Pakistan, for its part, has asked Kabul’s assistance against the leaders of the militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (T.T.P.), the so-called Pakistani Taliban, whose leaders are said to be hiding in eastern Afghanistan.