Terrorism: The Nuclear Summit's Straw Man Asia Times - April 15, 2010 For most of the world - particularly the Middle East and South Asia - inter-state conflict presents a much greater threat of nuclear annihilation than terrorism. This week's security summit deflects the more salient problem of disarmament, setting up a straw man in its place. This is because the atomic arsenals of the US's allies maintain a strategic balance that is favorable to Washington. Read More.
Strategic Depth at the heart of Taliban Arrests Asia Times - March 24, 2010 When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, Pakistan achieved ''strategic depth'', the elusive goal of a pliant buffer between India and Russia. The arrests of top Taliban leaders who were negotiating a settlement shows that Pakistan is determined to assert its influence and carve out a settlement that preserves the strategic imperative that Afghanistan represents. Read More.