Four Maps that Explain Islam in Asia

Islam transcends the Middle-Eastern corridor with which most Westerners associate it, stretching from the western coast of Africa to the Pacific Ocean. It contains an incredible variety of different sects, beliefs, and traditions, most of which firmly reject the violent, intolerant, and jihadist tradition that groups like al Qaeda, al Shabaab, and ISIS represent. In […]

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The U.S. and Pakistan: What the Malala Story Should Tell American Policy Makers

Pakistan wants American “friendship” only for one reason: to wage relentless war against India. U.S. money strengthens the Pakistani military in its incessant cold and sometimes hot war against India. American money provides resources for Pakistan-backed insurgencies in Kashmir and vicious terrorist attacks inside the rest of India. And this, too, I predict: U.S. resources funneled through Islamabad will also be used to weaken the Afghan government once the U.S. military withdraws. The U.S. wishes the new government in Kabul to survive the coming troop drawdown. Pakistan does not want a united, self-reliant, non-Taliban government to succeed in Kabul. Read more »

Indian-Chinese defense cooperation and U.S. interests

Following a high profile meeting between the Chinese and Indian defense ministers, both countries announced that they would further expand and deepen their defense cooperation, a move that further complicates the United States’ role on the continent. Read more »