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Global Briefing, June 1, 2011: The Thrill is Gone

Nuclear Fallout — In an essay for Dawn.com Rafia Zakaria mulls the meaning of ‘the bomb’ in Pakistan’s collective consciousness. “The bomb that was supposed to deter and defeat has been unable to frighten anyone into leaving us alone,” she writes. “It has revealed, instead, the flimsy remains of our national pride and a confused, …

Global Briefing, May 26, 2011: Notes on a Scandal

Neo-Isolationism — Clyde V. Prestowitz asks why America is upset by China’s overtures in Pakistan. Let them have it, he argues at Foreign Policy. Instead of trying to increase its geo-political influence, America ought to invest in education at home, retrain workers and encourage FDI, he says.

Dear Visitor — So, what was Kim Jong …

Global Briefing: Bosom Buddies and the Same Old Bad Guys

Anglo Unity: Fresh from his late Monday night arrival in Ireland, President Obama meets U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in London today, as the White House steps up its efforts to rekindle the much-touted “special relationship” between the across-the-pond allies. As Catherine Mayer writes, they do have a lot to discuss.

Bursting the

Global Briefing, May 11, 2011: Paradoxes, Pots and Kettles

Osama’s Irrelevance — The Taliban won’t miss bin Laden, observes Julius Cavendish in a dispatch from Kabul. The goals of Afghanistan’s insurgency are national, and even many Taliban leaders resented al-Qaeda’s presence on their turf.

Pots and Kettles — In an interview with the Atlantic, Hilary Clinton lashes out at China, calling …

Global Briefing, May 10, 2011: American Narcissim, Russian Woes

The Obama Doctrine(s) — The American Prospect critiques President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. “Obama doesn’t have a doctrine of foreign policy; he has a style,” writes Joshua Foust. “As a result, his decisions are often constrained not by guiding principles but by circumstances.”

Pyrrhic Victory — Will Osama bin Laden’s …

Global Briefing, May 5, 2011: Super Dogs and Corporate Scoundrels

Rules of Engagement — “To accept that the bin Laden raid was legal, is, in effect, to acknowledge publically that what we are actually conducting in Pakistan is a kind of war,” writes Raffi Khatchadourian for the New Yorker. “In his death, bin Laden has forced this admission from us.”

Closed Doors— As migrants continue to flee the …

Global Briefing May 4, 2011: Friends, Foes and Final Frontiers

Friends or Foes — The fact that Pakistani officials weren’t informed of the U.S. operation carried out on their soil, is the strongest sign yet that Washington no longer trusts its ally, writes Omar Waraich from Islamabad; In the Telegraph, Praveen Swami says Pakistan “conned” the West on Bin Laden.

Asian Implications — In the Jakarta

Global Briefing, May 3, 2011: The Disease of Empire

After Osama — U.S. Presidents are tasked with telling the national story in times of tragedy and victory. For President Obama, today’s story is about a nation coming out of decline, writes TIME’s Michael Scherer.

The Scene — Omar Waraich visits Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden was killed; TIME’s Ishaan Tharoor explores the …

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