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On Pakistan

Just got finished reading an excellent essay by Bill Keller (who has transitioned nicely from NY times Executive Editor to a writer again) on the extremely complex US/Pakistani relationship. I’ve posted a few times about that relationship, and argued many times with Rindy–on the blog, by email, over drinks, we may have even text-argued about […]

Should liberals and progressives vote for Obama again?

I recently expressed to Jeremy the unlikelihood of my voting for Obama again, and listed a few reasons. He responded that he understood my disappointment in Obama and “share[d] it in some ways,” but that I was “blinded by idealism.” In the interest of bringing discussions like this out of email and into the public, […]

Ethnic Conflict: Welcome to 2011

It may be a new year but old (and in some cases ancient) conflicts still plague humanity, I thought I’d highlight a few that I’ve been thinking about as they’ve been/will be in the news. On January 9th the people of South Sudan will vote on whether to secede from Sudan and form their own […]

Richard Holbrooke and the U.S. Strategy for Pakistan & Afghanistan

I attended a talk yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations on U.S. strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan. The talk was started by acknowledging the loss of Richard Holbrooke, the legendary diplomat whose last position was as a special envoy to the Af/Pak region. I posted a while ago about a talk I attended, also […]

Drone Attacks, Mapped on Google

Whatever your position on the American drone attacks in Pakistan (and mine is that they are a horrendous abuse of human rights, for what it’s worth), this Google-Maps project from Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann of the New America Foundation is a good example of leveraging the power of technology to share information. As they […]

Richard Holbrooke at the Council on Foreign Relations

I went to a talk last night by Richard Holbrooke at the Council on Foreign Relations in DC last night. My firm is a member and I attend these events regularly in NY and last night was one of my favorites. Holbrooke is one of the most polished diplomats I’ve heard speak and he spoke […]