Monday, April 4, 2016 - 06:23
He is a veteran conservative politician known for attempting to introduce strict Shari'a law in Pakistan in the late 1990s before a military coup temporarily sent him into exile. But since his return as prime minister, Nawaz Sharif has emerged as an unlikely torch-bearer for reform.
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 08:22
In the first part of this article, we suggested that the success of U.S. security assistance and cooperation programs would depend heavily on the extent to which they were embedded in a broader strategy to improve governance in recipient countries.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 07:32
Ukraine face a crisis. Nigeria passed a test. And the Islamic State and Ebola left inedible marks. How 2014's success stories and struggles affected state - and global - stability last year and set the stage for 2015.
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 07:52
While it is true that a strong Afghan military can be an effective guard against the Taliban, it is not necessary that it should be developed at the expense of “democracy.” Afghanistan’s democracy, the seeds of which were unfortunately and actually sown under the shadows of B-52 bombers, is plagued with many problems of high magnitude.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 06:50
In the future, the size of U.S. aid to Afghanistan should be comparable to the money being received by Israel, i.e. $ 11.5 billion a year. The IMF estimates, however, that Afghanistan will require $ 68 billion just to train its army and police forces. The country’s own GDP is $ 18 billion, so international assistance will be indispensable. In 2011, only three percent of the cost of maintaining the Afghan police force was contributed by the Afghan government itself. In 2012, the figure reached seven percent while, in 2013, six percent had been spent by the government itself on maintaining the Afghan police — in 2014, the figure dropped to 5.2 percent.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:56
Pakistan’s National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would establish military courts to try civilian terrorism suspects.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 08:34
The administration is proposing to remove language from next year’s budget that would safeguard American foreign aid from repressive foreign leaders.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 14:42
Today, as part of this effort, I am calling on Congress to support a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow us to train, build capacity, and facilitate partner countries on the front lines.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 14:49
Spokesperson Jen Psaki addresses the State Department's annual terrorism report, Lebanon's presidential elections, and Turkey's democratic process.
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:39
It is important that any allegation of electoral irregularities should be addressed through the established institutional mechanisms.