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Pakistan’s Widening Whirlpools of Dysfunctionalities

by Ehsan Ahrari on July 8, 2011, No Comments

All countries have armies; however, it is said about Pakistan that its Army has a country.  That expression is more of a reflection of reality than it is meant to be derisive.  At one time, the Pakistani Army had a prestige inside the country that it could do things that the civilian governments could not.  Today's Army is known for its lackadaisical performance in its battles with the Islamists, whose religious extremism is incessantly escalating. Today, the Pakistani Army is also busy making the country into the Middle Eastern version of the Mukhabirat (security) state.  The only difference is that in most Middle Eastern countries it is the dictators who "own" the Army.  In Pakistan the Army is  gradually spreading its tentacles everywhere.  Even though it has a democratically civilian government, there is a palpable absence of any bold freedom of action on the part of the elected officials.  (more…)
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The North Korean Brinkmanship and Sino-American Maneuvers

by Ehsan Ahrari on November 28, 2010, No Comments

Authoritarian regimes are so hard to predict in terms of why they make specific decisions; when there is likely to be major shifts in their foreign policy, even on issues of high politics; and especially how candid those regimes are in dealing with each other. These are some of the bewildering issues involving North Korean-Sino relations, especially the modalities of their ties.  We know that North Korea is heavily dependent for its survival as a state on China's economic assistance.  However, it is anyone's guess how much leeway Beijing has granted to Kim Jong Il.  North Korea specialists in Washington do little better than their Kremlinologist counterparts did during the Cold War years in understanding and their prediction of the decisions taken by the leaders of the Soviet Union.  However, every North Korea or China specialist inside the U.S. was awe-stricken when, on November 23, 2010, North Korea shelled South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow China Sea, which is only 50