“Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock.” Will Rogers quotes […]
Iran moving into the big league Kaveh L Afrasiabi
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s three-nation tour of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India and the welter of agreements and understandings reached between Tehran and these governments serve notice beyond the mere issue of energy security and Iran’s expanding role in the sub-continent’s […]
Iran regime Top Threat To Iraq, U.S. Says
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Recent violence in Basra has convinced the administration of President George W. Bush that Iran and not Al-Qaeda is now the primary threat to US interests in Iraq, The Washington Post said Saturday.
Citing unnamed senior US officials, the newspaper said […]
Officials Fear Support From Islamabad Will Wane
The United States has escalated its unilateral strikes against al-Qaeda members and fighters operating in Pakistan’s tribal areas, partly because of anxieties that Pakistan’s new leaders will insist on scaling back military operations in that country, according to U.S. officials.
Washington is […]
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The winners of Pakistan’s parliamentary elections said Tuesday that they would take a new approach to fighting Islamic militants by pursuing more dialogue than military confrontation, and that they would undo the crackdown on the media and restore independence to the judiciary.
With nearly complete returns from Monday’s vote giving it […]
BEIJING (Reuters) – China is concerned by U.S. plans to shoot down an ailing spy satellite and is considering what “preventative measures” to take, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.“The Chinese government is paying close attention to how the situation develops and demands the U.S. side fulfill its international obligations and avoids […]
Bhutto was key to US plan
Benazir Bhutto was central to American hopes of broadening out Pakistan‘s government from the figure of General Musharraf. Washington helped engineer the political deal that saw her return and now it has seen that lead to disaster, with the loss of one of […]
State Dept. Tries Blog Diplomacy
The State Department, departing from traditional public diplomacy techniques, has what it calls a three-person, “digital outreach team” posting entries in Arabic on “influential” Arabic blogs to challenge misrepresentations of the United States and promote moderate views among Islamic youths in the […]