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The Pakistan Dilemma

The Pakistan Dilemma : Opinion Brief
Protesters in Islamabad condemn the attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban earlier this month.

Malala Yousafzai: Will her shooting end Islamic extremism in Pakistan?

Pakistanis are united in condemning a brazen attack on a 14-year-old girl, but it's an open question whether this anger will translate into real change

The Pakistan Dilemma : Opinion Brief
"We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement. "We are committed to working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again."

America's apology to Pakistan: Bad idea?

After Hillary Clinton says sorry, D.C. and Islamabad shake hands and try to move on from a bitter standoff over airstrikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers

The Pakistan Dilemma : Fact Sheet
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani arrives at a Feb. 13 Supreme Court hearing in Islamabad: Gilani was kicked out of office by the court on Tuesday.

Pakistan ousts its prime minister: 3 repercussions

The country's Supreme Court kicks out Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, rattling an already shaky U.S. ally. What's next?

The Pakistan Dilemma : Instant Guide
In 2011, at least 943 Pakistani women were killed by their own relatives for supposedly dishonoring their families.

Pakistan's escalating 'honor killing' problem

Almost 1,000 Pakistani women were murdered last year for allegedly dishonoring their families. A guide to the horrifying trend

The Pakistan Dilemma : Opinion Brief
Afghan protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans in Kabul: With violent demonstrations continuing in Afghanistan, the U.S. may need to call on its Pakistani allies for assistance.

Can Pakistan help America salvage its Afghan mission?

With Afghanistan in turmoil, the U.S. could use an assist from its prickly South Asian ally. Will Pakistan come through?

The Pakistan Dilemma : The List
Pakistani police officers stand guard outside Osama bin Laden's old compound as the three-story home is demolished over the weekend.

4 reasons Pakistan demolished bin Laden's compound

The al Qaeda leader's former hideout is now a pile of rubble. What did Pakistan gain by knocking it down?

The Pakistan Dilemma : Instant Guide
Members of F.E.W. Collective, a Chicago-based rap group, pose with Pakistani students: The group's Pakistan tour, funded by the U.S. State Department, led the South Asian nation to attempt a ban on hip-hop.

Pakistan's war on hip-hop: A 'lesson in tolerance'?

What a ban on "vulgar" music says about a nation's evolving culture wars and its relationship to the West  

The Pakistan Dilemma : Controversy
A Pakistani group sets fire to images of President Obama and Secretary Clinton Thursday in protest of the deadly NATO attack last weekend.

Should Obama apologize to Pakistan?

The White House won't ask for Islamabad's forgiveness over the killing of Pakistani soldiers last weekend. Is that the right call?

The Pakistan Dilemma : The List
A NATO strike that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers last year has fueled calls for the U.S. to end drone attacks in Pakistan.

4 reasons the U.S.-Pakistan alliance will survive

Islamabad is furious with Washington after NATO airstrikes kill two dozen Pakistani soldiers. Still, a diplomatic divorce may not be in the cards

The Pakistan Dilemma : Opinion Brief
Supporters of the religious political party Jamaat-e-Islami protest after Pakistan buried 24 troops killed in a NATO air raid over the weekend.

NATO's deadly attack on Pakistan's soldiers: The fallout

An aerial assault on Pakistani military outposts outrages our mercurial ally and sparks a diplomatic crisis. Can the U.S.-Pakistan friendship survive?

The Pakistan Dilemma : Analysis
Part of the damaged Navy SEALs helicopter: Pakistan's intelligence service may have allowed Chinese military engineers to examine the helicopter wreckage for clues to its top-secret design.

Pakistan, China, and the secret helicopter: Can U.S.-Pakistan relations recover?

U.S. intelligence officials believe their counterparts in Islamabad let China study the classified American helicopter lost in the bin Laden raid. Now what?

The Pakistan Dilemma : Burning Question
Pakistani soldiers patrol the Afghanistan border this month: Displeased with Pakistan's level of security cooperation, the Obama Administration is suspending millions of dollars of promised military aid.

Is it strategic to cut aid to Pakistan?

Washington suspends $800 million in annual military assistance to Pakistan. Will that encourage Islamabad to fight harder against terrorists?

The Pakistan Dilemma : Opinion Brief
Pakistani Army patrol the compound where bin Laden was killed: The country's top military spy agency arrested Pakistani informants who fed information to the CIA.

Pakistan's arrest of CIA informants: The last straw for U.S.-Pakistan relations?

Islamabad and D.C. were already at odds, and now, Pakistan's detention of informants who fed America intel on bin Laden will likely make things worse

The Pakistan Dilemma : Opinion Brief
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (left) wrote an op-ed this week maintaining that his diplomatic partnership with President Obama contributed to Osama bin Laden's death.

The strained U.S.-Pakistan relationship: 4 predictions

The circumstances surrounding bin Laden's death have increased tensions between Washington and Islamabad. What's next for this troubled diplomatic partnership?

The Pakistan Dilemma : The Bullpen
Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison: How America is destabilizing Pakistan

Our South Asian ally is right to demand that the U.S. immediately halt drone strikes within Pakistan's borders

The Pakistan Dilemma : Opinion Brief
Armed members of Pakistan's anti-terrorism police patrol the streets of Karachi: Pakistan is demanding that the CIA leave the country once and for all.

Pakistan's diplomatic 'hardball': What should the U.S. do?

Pakistan gives the U.S. an ultimatum: Get the CIA out of the country and curb your al Qaeda-targeting drone attacks... or else

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