Pakistan: From Counter-Terrorism to CounterinsurgencyBy Haider Ali Hussein MullickWhen a new government takes charge in Pakistan, there will be little time to celebrate the return of civilian rule. Faced with a plethora of socioeconomic problems made worse by rising suicide bombings, Pakistanis have not felt this insecure in their homes and cities since the conventional…

Apr 3, 2008Super envoy’s feet on the ground By Tarjei Kidd Olsen OSLO – The United Nations has given Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide an ambitious new mandate to coordinate the international community’s much criticized military and civilian efforts in Afghanistan. “For me it will be important to work in a closer dialogue with the Afghan…

Apr 4, 2008Taliban welcome back an old friendBy Syed Saleem Shahzad KARACHI – Like a voice from the grave, legendary Afghan mujahideen leader Jalaluddin Haqqani has emerged from years of silence to boldly launch the Taliban-led spring offensive in Afghanistan, at the same time burying any doubts of a split between his coalition of resistance…

Stratfor Russia and Rotating the U.S. FocusApril 1, 2008 By George FriedmanFor the past year, Stratfor has been focusing on what we see as the critical global geopolitical picture. As the U.S.-jihadist war has developed, it has absorbed American military resources dramatically. It is overstated to say that the United States lacks the capacity to…

Pakistan stands on the precipice By Elton GalleglySunday, March 9, 2008 Conventional wisdom holds that last month’s parliamentary elections in Pakistan have weakened President Pervez Musharraf and the United States’ relationship with a key ally.It’s certainly true the elections present great challenges. Pakistan and the region have been, and remain, volatile. The leaders of the…

Stratfor Geopolitical Diary: The Gulf States and the Shiite ConundrumMarch 10, 2008Kuwait has experienced an unusual series of Shiite protests. The protests in the usually controlled society were sparked by the arrests of Shiite mourners and government members who organized a rally after the killing of top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyah. The Kuwaiti Shia —…

Third Attack in Lahore, Pakistan – The Baitullah ConnectionIn today’s DailyBriefing, we included two reports on the bombings today in Lahore Pakistan that killed 28. Now the Pakistani newspaper DAWN reports that in addition to the two bombings in Lahore, Pakistan, multiple gunmen opened fire at a crowded train station in the same city, killing…

Two suicide bombs kill 24 in PakistanBy Salman MasoodTuesday, March 11, 2008ISLAMABAD: Two powerful explosions, just minutes apart and both of them suicide attacks, rocked the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Tuesday, killing 24 people, the Interior Ministry said.The first blast ripped through the Lahore regional office of the Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan’s chief…

Monday, Mar. 10, 2008Will a Coalition Mean Musharraf’s End?By Aryn BakerPakistan’s military has always had a simple strategy for maintaining a tight reign on power: keep the country’s two major political parties at each other’s throats and leave the real business of running the nation to the men in uniform. That method, which has seen…

PAKISTAN: NEW GOVERNMENTGhost At The BanquetThe delay in government formation is mired in complex issues of coalition politics Mariana BaabarThe Ides of March beckons the political class of Pakistan. It beckons, to begin with, President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf from his isolation in the Army House to an uncertain future in Awan-e-Sadar or Presidential Palace,…