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US, Pakistan Row Over Border Crossing Reveals 'Outstanding Problems' [Video]

L to R: Hassan Abbas, Brian Katulis and Ahmed Rashid (on monitor) on Al Jazeera on May 22, 2012.
Policy

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas says the U.S. and Pakistan disagreement over a NATO border crossing reveals an ongoing power struggle in Pakistan between civilian and military leadership.

What Post-Osama Pakistan Really Needs: Police Reform

Pakistani policeman stop vehicles at a checkpoint upon their entry into Islamabad on April 30, 2012, ahead of Osama bin-Laden's first death anniversary. (Sajjad Qayyum/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

"Having served on Pakistan’s police force and having lived in Abbottabad," writes Hassan Abbas, "I can confidently argue that a more resourceful and skilled police force there could have nabbed Bin Laden much earlier."

Afghanistan Civilian Killings Give Taliban 'Forum' to Align With Afghan Public

U.S. soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a military base near Alkozai village following the shooting of Afghan civilians allegedly committed by a rogue U.S. soldier in Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012. (Jangir/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A U.S. sergeant's slaying of 16 Afghan civilians could not only stall U.S. efforts to negotiate with the Taliban, but give the group more public support ahead of U.S. combat troop withdrawal next year, according to Asia Society experts.

Experts Weigh in on Memogate and the Possibility of a Coup in Pakistan

Pakistani security personnel stand guard outside the Supreme Court building during a hearing in Islamabad on Jan. 19, 2012. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The Memogate scandal that broke in October 2011 led to resignations, increased anti-Americanism, and now... a potential coup in Pakistan?

Hassan Abbas: 'How Obama Can Fix U.S.-Pakistani Relations'

Local Pakistani kids await to be evacuated on a CH-60 Blackhawk in Khyber - Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Sept. 13, 2010. Photo By Joshua Kruger. (Flickr/DVIDSHUB)
Policy

As Pakistan struggles with its democratic transition, Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas writes in Foreign Affairs that Obama can help Pakistan help itself by taking a less unilateral approach and focusing instead on strengthening Pakistan's civilian government and investing in civil society. Abbas points out: 

History Lessons From Karbala

Pakistani Shiite Muslim mourners offer noon prayers during an Ashura procession in Karachi on December 6, 2011, on the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram, to mark the martyrdom of seventh century saint Imam Hussain. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The idea of defiance against tyranny and oppression owes a great deal to Hussain ibne Ali, the hero of the battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

Pakistan-India Relations Moving from 'Bombs' to 'Bombshells'?

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (R) shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna (L) prior to a meeting in New Delhi on July 27, 2011. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

While the mysteries surrounding interactions between the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency continue to be partly entertaining and partly amazing, the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating — complicating U.S. withdrawal plans.

New York Times Asks: 'Is Racial or Religious Profiling Ever Justified?'

A man holds a sign against racial profiling during a protest with community and faith leaders from Arizona in front of the White House on July 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Hassan Abbas debates the topic with author Asra Nomani.