Reading some of the statements of Osama Bin Laden and his ilk one is struck about their ignorance of modern economies. They think it’s all about oil, as you would expect from Gulf Arabs. Read more

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The US budget deal was interesting in foreign policy terms at the willingness with which the US legislators and administration were willing to put the Pentagon’s budget to the axe. Read more

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Pakistan is experiencing some seriously wrenching consequences from the US stealth attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. Read more

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Some stray thoughts about Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden al Qahtani (the family name that his family never used.) Read more

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Why the Horn of Africa could be the New Big Headache next year.

This is not another end of the year commentary. I would prefer to take a look at the coming year and make a prediction. If I am wrong, everyone will forget. If I am right, I will win a prize or something. Read more

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Pakistan’s military thinks it’s winning the Great Game. It thinks.

The Pakistani military is triumphant. It believes it is winning the Great Game – which in the contemporary situation means control of Afghanistan. There has been a recent resurrection by Rawalpindi of its old claim that Afghanistan is necessary for Pakistan’s “strategic depth.” Read more

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