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Old 11-04-2007   #1
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Considering recent and fluid developments in Pakistan I thought I'd post this link here rather than on the blog thread...

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Introducing: The Insider Brief
October 27th, 2007 · Shaan Akbar

Pakistan is a country of extremes.

It’s a nation whose strong, nuclear-armed military is capable of deterring a giant neighbor to its east yet is unable to establish control within its own borders. The country’s economy and stock markets rank among the world’s best performing, yet to many onlookers, Pakistan is a failed state. It is home to some of the world’s leading thinkers - and to some of the world’s most notorious terrorists. It is a nation that went from being ruled by an iron fisted, Islamist general one moment to the very next by a liberal, democratically elected woman.

This all translates into one constant: Pakistan is unpredictable.

The Insider Brief will seek to demystify Pakistan and unwind that unpredictability by providing critical intelligence, analysis and commentary through the lens of an insider. The goal is to ultimately enable policy makers and Pakistan-watchers alike, to make better informed decisions about a nation that is fast proving to be vital to regional and global security.

In the coming weeks and months, you will witness increased activity on the blog with an expansion in the scope of our analyses and new contributors representing policy makers, intellectuals and commentators.

We will continue to provide you the same accurate, timely intelligence that we have been over the course of the past few months. To those readers who are new to TIB, we welcome you to look back to our prior posts to see what we mean by “intelligence.”

We’re proud in our ability to keep our readers informed. We’ve kept you updated with the status of closed-door negotiations between Benazir Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf. We told you in advance who the new ISI chief and Vice Chief of Army Staff would be along with when the announcements would be made. We brought you exclusive photos of the reclusive general likely to be Musharraf’s successor and even told you his golf handicap.

If the last few weeks have been any indicator, things in Pakistan are bound to heat up. Stay tuned and stay informed.
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Thanks Dave, really appreciate you pinning this up.

Our latest post is from Lt. Gen. Shahid Aziz - a retired, high ranking general and former Chairman of Pakistan's national accountability bureau. In the post, he details his stance on the US/NATO presence in Afghanistan.

I'll be interviewing another senior general who had immense success in cracking down on a major insurgency in Pakistan not too long ago, will post it up here as soon as I have it.
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South Asia Terrorism Portal
SATP is the largest website on terrorism and low intensity warfare in South Asia, and creates the database and analytic context for research and analysis of all extremist movements in the region. SATP has been set up to counter the progressive distortions regarding, and the international community’s neglect of, the wide range of terrorist movements within South Asia, and particularly in India. SATP establishes a comprehensive, searchable and continuously updated database on all available information relating to terrorism, low intensity warfare and ethnic/communal/sectarian strife in South Asia.
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India's Naxalite Rage (Blog)
Shlok Vaidya analyzes the far-flung implications of a shifting Indian security environment with a focus on the globally-connected Naxalite insurgency.
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Pakistan Security Research Unit
The Pakistan Security Research Unit (PSRU) was established in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK, in March 2007. It serves as an independent portal and neutral platform for interdisciplinary research on all aspects of Pakistani security, dealing with Pakistan's impact on regional and global security, internal security issues within Pakistan, and the interplay of the two. PSRU provides information about, and critical analysis of, Pakistani security with particular emphasis on extremism / terrorism, nuclear weapons issues, and the internal stability and cohesion of the state.
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Anyone aware of this blogsite? Appears similar format to SWJ and possibly with semi-official sanction in Pakistan. Not loooked into the forums. has some nice photos of jets.


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