Must Russia and America Share a Common Destiny?

Must Russia and America Share a Common Destiny?
This week I attended a trilateral dialogue in Moscow about “New Euro-Atlanticism” and whether Russia can be brought into the fold as a constructive partner. I’ll have some more thoughts in my column this week for PBS, but one thing leapt out at me: the old timers have romantic notions about rapproachment with Russia, and ...

Why Russian Authorities Raided Amnesty International’s Moscow Office

MOSCOW – On Monday, Russian prosecutors and tax officials demanded the Moscow offices of Amnesty International provide records for a surprise audit. It is part of a larger series of crackdowns on NGOs here that has accelerated after Vladimir Putin resumed the presidency last year. Last year, the Russian government instituted new regulations governing NGOs, with particular ...

America’s Incoherent Petro-Diplomacy

America's Incoherent Petro-Diplomacy
Pakistan is going ahead with its natural gas pipeline to Iran, part of Islamabad’s larger project of cooperating with Tehran on energy issues. The executives in charge insist that, despite the pipeline going through restive Baluchistan, the project is nevertheless viable. The U.S. feels otherwise, and is arraying a number of hostile responses. None of ...

For PBS: The Islamabad Drone Dance

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights,Ben Emmerson, conducted a three-day visit to Islamabad, Pakistan last week. Despite his stated purpose to investigate drone strikes, he did not speak with any of the agencies responsible for those strikes, or even visit any strike sites. Instead, Mr. Emmerson met with some government officials, dutifully reported what ...

I Was Horribly, Unforgivably Wrong About Iraq

I Was Horribly, Unforgivably Wrong About Iraq
Today is the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. And I was wrong. I didn’t do any real damage by being wrong, at least not in an obvious way. I was 21, in college, a part of that 72% of America who supported the invasion, believing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass ...

Huffington Post Live Segment on Drones and Assassination

I was on a Huffington Post Live segment today about drones and assassination. Watch here:

Ben Emmerson’s ISI Shuffle

Ben Emmerson's ISI Shuffle
The UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, conducted a three-day visit to Islamabad, Pakistan last week. And despite his stated purpose to investigate drone strikes, he didn’t actually talk to any of the agencies responsible for those strikes, or even visit strike sites: During the course of the visit the Special ...

The Great Transfer of Free Wealth

The past few weeks have seen an explosion of writers coming out of the woodwork to complain about either being asked to, or feeling like they had to write for free. And that’s an important discussion that should continue. But it’s also part of a larger phenomenon as well. A few weeks ago I wrote ...

Urdu VOA: Access Point with Ayesha Tanzeem

I appeared yesterday on VOA-Urdu’s Access Point with Ayesha Tanzeem to talk about the Iran-Pakistan pipeline and the U.S. response. In English; Urdu-language post here.

Why I Stopped Writing for Free

The ongoing debate about writing for free on various websites has been fascinating. I have a personal stake in the matter: I have written for free for a number of various high-profile websites (CNN, Salon, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Reuters, The Hill, The New York Times), and I’ve been paid to write for others (I ...