Critical Analysis: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – Unmanned with Unknown Targets

Targets: Yemen.  Pakistan.  Somalia.  Afghanistan.  Libya.  Iraq.  Niger. International laws protect the right to life and drone strikes may well be breaking such laws by killing countless civilians.  There is a “near-certainty” standard that civilians will not become casualties but various sources indicate drone strikes occurring when the target was not in sight and when … Read more

Critical Analysis: Drone Strikes in Pakistan Surge in the Summer

Though the news media is seemingly all eyes on the Olympics this week, drones have been making magazine covers and headlines as attacks on militants in Pakistan have escalated during the summer and days before a visit to Washington by Pakistan’s intelligence chief. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are what their proper … Read more

Critical Analysis: Pakistani Doctor Gets 33 Years for Involvement in bin Laden Killing

The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden will face 33 years in prison for what the Pakistani government calls involvement with an Islamic militant group. Shakil Afridi was tried in Pakistan’s tribal court system for colluding with an Islamist warlord to whom he allegedly donated more than $22,000. Afridi was recruited … Read more

Solving Kashmir: On an Application of Reason

This article has its origins in a paper “Towards an Economic Solution for Kashmir” which circulated in Washington DC in 1992-1995, including at the Indian and Pakistani embassies and the Carnegie Endowment, and was given as an invited lecture at the Heritage Foundation on June 23 1998. It was first published in The Statesman, in … Read more