Registan’s Pakistan News & Analysis Archive


A large, diverse, strategically important country, Pakistan has a complicated relationship with its neighbors, the international community, and even itself. Pakistan’s religious, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and political identities are far from monolithic, and this makes it challenging to predict emerging social, political, and economic trends and a difficult environment to navigate. And even though Pakistan’s relations with major stakeholders in Afghanistan’s stability and security have dramatically deteriorated over the past several years, the country will remain an absolutely critical component of securing peace and stability in South and Central Asia.

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New Interview on IMU Operations in Pakistan

by Noah Tucker
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I’ve had every intention of writing an IMU article this week after they claimed the Karachi airport attack and articles began to pop up questioning what this means for Central Asia. I still haven’t managed to write it, but was grateful to Kathy Gilsinan at World Politics Review for giving me a chance to talk [...]

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China’s all-weather friend in Pakistan

by Kendrick Kuo
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On the newest episode of China Pivots West, ANDREW SMALL discusses the topic of his new book The China-Pakistan Axis–the often neglected relationship between Beijing and Islamabad. As someone who has traveled and done research in the region, Small is uniquely qualified to comment on this important facet of Chinese foreign policy. We also touch on the complicating [...]

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Uighur anthropology in Xinjiang and Pakistan

by Kendrick Kuo
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In a new China Pivots West episode, ALESSANDRO RIPPA discusses the state of Xinjiang studies, anthropological field work, the Uighur community in Pakistan, and the challenges of conducting research in China. Alessandro Rippa is pursuing his PhD at the University of Aberdeen. He studies China’s western regions and is an expert on Uyghur issues. He is [...]

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Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 2: The Internet, Social Media and Religious Speech

by Noah Tucker
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You may have recognized the context for the picture above before reading these lines, because the Syrian chemical attacks that killed hundreds of innocent civilians in August and nearly led the US into another war will likely be remembered as one of the defining events of the decade and are only one tragedy among so [...]

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Missed Opportunities Along the Silk Road: China and Russia Neglected

by Kendrick Kuo
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A prediction: in 2014-2015, the US media will begin churning out op-eds about the failures of US plans to stabilize Afghanistan after military withdrawal. A good number will acknowledge, in passing, the New Silk Road (NSR) as one of many small failures, but not give full consideration to the opportunity the NSR represented and hence [...]

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Why Central Asia Matters

by Nathan Barrick

The “Great Game” is the term commonly used to describe the competition by the great 19th Century Empires for influence and control of Central Asia, especially Afghanistan.  There are many observers who would prefer to leave the “Great Game” in the annals of 19th Century history and interpret current events in Central Asia and Afghanistan [...]

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China’s Geopolitical Fallout Not a Win

by Kendrick Kuo
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Robert Kaplan, a contemporary popularizer of geopolitical thinking, has a new article on RealClearWorld titled “China’s Geopolitical Fallout,” wherein he maps out the potential consequences of a Chinese economic slowdown leading to political and social crisis. The winners in Kaplan’s mind are “the United States and its allies — both de facto like India and [...]

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From the Desk of the Taliban Leadership…

by Alec Metz

The Pakistani Express Tribune published an open letter today from Adnan Rashid (Tehrek-i Taliban Pakistan) to Malala Yousufzai. He wrote, in English, to convey three points: first, that she was not shot for educating herself. Second, that her propagandizing is a smear campaign, stretching back to Macauley’s Minute on Indian Education of 1835, supported by America and Jews, and their slaves [...]

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Readjusting in Afghanistan

by Alec Metz

Three big Afghan-related news items came out of not Afghanistan today: Pakistan’s official view of the U.S. raid that killed Bin Laden, the U.S.’s reconsideration of its withdrawal timelines and endstate, and the closure (probably temporarily) of the Taliban office in Qatar. All three are strong indicators of serious problems Afghanistan will face post-2014. The [...]

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Why does Central Asia Still Matter? Because It Matters to China.

by Noah Tucker
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This is a guest post by Kendrick Kuo, a grad student at Johns Hopkins and China specialist with a wealth of field experience in China and the Middle East. You can check out more of his work at his own blog, http://asiancrescent.com. Chinese foreign policy toward Central Asia and the Muslim world at large remains [...]

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