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China's Discreet Hold on Pakistan's Northern Borderlands

by Selig S. Harrison

International Herald Tribune, Aug-26-2010 | Article

While the world focuses on the flood-ravaged Indus River valley, a quiet geopolitical crisis is unfolding in the Himalayan borderlands of northern Pakistan, where Islamabad is handing over de facto control of the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region in the northwest corner of disputed Kashmir to China.... Read More »

How to Leave Afghanistan Without Losing

by Selig S. Harrison

Foreign Policy, Aug-25-2010 | Article

As prospects for an early U.S.-NATO military victory in Afghanistan fade and pressures for the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces grow, the ... Read More »

Barack hasn't Banned the Bomb

by Selig S. Harrison

Le Monde Diplomatique, Apr-06-2010 | Article

Although the Nobel peace prize committee believed Barack Obama is passionately committed to nuclear downsizing, if not disarmament, the US president may be no more successful in controlling the hawks than he was with the banks and, for a long time, the health insurers... Read More »

Should U.S. keep 'first use' option?

by Selig S. Harrison

USA Today , Apr-06-2010 | Article

When should the U.S. use nuclear weapons? Most Americans would no doubt reply: when and if it is attacked with nuclear weapons. ... Read More »

The bomb wasn’t banned

by Selig S. Harrison

Le Monde Diplomatique, Apr-01-2010 | Article

Although the Nobel peace prize committee believed Barack Obama is passionately committed to nuclear downsizing, if not disarmament, the US president may be no more... Read More »

Defense Secretary Gates Is Not a Diplomat

by Melvin A. Goodman

Truthout, Oct-28-2009 | Article

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has played the "ugly American" in Tokyo, cast in a role he should not be given... Read More »

Afghanistan's Tyranny of the Minority

by Selig S. Harrison

NY Times, Aug-16-2009 | Article

AS the debate intensifies within the Obama administration over how to stabilize Afghanistan, one major problem is conspicuously missing from the discussion: the growing alienation of the country’s largest ethnic group, the Pashtun tribes, who make up an estimated 42 percent of the population of 33 million... Read More »

The Other Islamist Threat in Pakistan

by Selig S. Harrison

The Boston Globe, Jun-17-2009 | Article

The danger of an Islamist takeover of Pakistan is real. But it does not come from the Taliban guerrillas now battling the Pakistan Army in the Swat borderlands.... Read More »

The U.S. and North Korea: The Need for an About Face

by Melvin A. Goodman

The Public Record, Jun-05-2009 | Article

The current drift in U.S. policy toward North Korea is exposing the weakness of President Obama’s foreign policy team, specifically the absence of both a lead strategic voice and an advisor with North Korean expertise. ... Read More »

Bill Richardson or Al Gore?

by Selig S. Harrison

The Hankyoreh, May-15-2009 | Article

Diplomatic scenarios for negotiating the release of two captured U.S. journalists now held in North Korea focus on proposed visits by Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, and former Vice President Gore, who founded Current TV, which the journalists represent.... Read More »

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