Nawaz Sharif On The Cusp Of Power

Profile. All you might ever want to know about current politics in Pakistan, in the form of a full-length portrait of opposition leader Nawaz Sharif. In brief: The plummeting popularity of the Bhutto family’s Pakistan People’s Party, and the receding challenge from Imran Khan’s new party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, makes it highly likely that Sharif’s Muslim League will win a general election in May, giving Sharif a third term as prime minister. But can he control the army? His second term ended in 1999 when the generals overthrew and exiled him (9,583 words)

How To Do Empire Right

Review of William Dalrymple’s Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan (1839-42). “An action spectacular with beheadings, boilings, de-boning and skewering aplenty.” But the author over-reaches in putting forward the British 19C war as a template for understanding the more recent American occupation. Too much has changed (3,235 words)

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