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The Synonymity Between Dispensability and Decline

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 22, 2013, No Comments

In his second inaugural address in January 1997, President Bill Clinton stated, "America stands alone as the world's indispensable nation."[1]  Since then, that phrase has been used on a regular basis.  America, as an indispensable nation, underscores its dominance in resolving conflicts of all portions since the end of World War II.    It has been a major enabler of global economic stability and prosperity of Western Europe and Japan, and, most important of all, it contained the former Soviet Union–playing a crucial role in bringing about its eventual implosion.  (more…)
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Book Review: Ahmed Rashid’s Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 14, 2012, No Comments

Allah, Army, and America used to be catchphrases to describe the internal political dynamics, as well as the foreign policy behavior, of Pakistan in the previous several decades.  That reality has undergone palpable erosion regarding the influence of the United States on Pakistan under the presidency of Barack Obama.  That is certainly not good news for him, since his political stakes are high.  The Afghan war is a "war of choice" for him as much as the Iraq war was a war of choice for George W. Bush.  Obama cannot lose the war in Afghanistan.  However, for him to win, he needs Pakistan's cooperation and help, which has been getting increasingly hard to come by in the past several months.  Since the support for the Afghan war is steadily in the American domestic arena, Obama has deftly set a date of withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.  He is hoping that such a decision would help him win his reelection campaign. However, wars have their own logic, in determining the winner
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Pakistan and the United States: A Permanent Parting of the Ways?

by Ehsan Ahrari on December 26, 2011, No Comments

The deteriorating U.S.-Pakistan ties do not seem to have a stable new nadir since the assassination of Usama Bin-Laden by the U.S. Special Forces last May.  It seems to be finding new low points each week.  Pakistan's foremost journalist, Ahmed Rashid, states that the Army of his native land has issued orders to "treat the U.S. as an enemy and attack any planes intruding into its territory…"  The killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers as a result of an "errant" NATO attack has not helped matters.  Pakistan wants an apology from President Barack Obama, which is not expected to be issued, for now.  In the meantime, rumors of a planned coup for the ouster of the highly inept Zardari government are hot inside Pakistan, despite the denials of General Pervez Kayani.   (more…)