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Cyril Almeida

The big Afghan bet

It’s on Afghanistan that Raheel has invested a great deal of time and energy. And it’s on Afghanistan that he’s made Published Jul 24, 2016 05:19am

A hidden awakening?

It’s hard to imagine Nawaz pulling an Erdogan and flying back from London or taking to the streets in Lahore. Published Jul 17, 2016 07:16am

The four who would rule

A gazillion interviews and questions later and you still can’t figure out the difference between a terrible answer... Published Jul 10, 2016 02:08am

The four who would rule

A gazillion interviews and questions later and you still can’t figure out the difference between a terrible answer... Published Jul 10, 2016 02:08am

Gearing up

Maryam is vastly inexperienced, appears indifferent to constituency politics; and seems infatuated with the glamour of Updated Jul 03, 2016 03:41am

Opening up the system

It’s not about being fashionable. Referendums can be dangerous precisely because they are so powerful — and simple. Published Jun 26, 2016 04:09am

The long game

And the boys, well, when you’re into the domain of suggesting the boys can structurally improve democracy... Published Jun 19, 2016 04:23am

The China basket

Let’s strip away the wonkish complexities and technicalities of the NSG and try and get to some of the basics here. Updated Jun 12, 2016 04:40pm

Stability-instability

There’s a reason the London apartments are still, two decades on, the main public symbol of Nawaz’s misdeeds. Published Jun 05, 2016 07:00am

Project Afghanistan

You don’t have to be a strategic expert to figure out how leverage works. We want X to do Y. We ask politely. Published May 29, 2016 01:29am

The rack or the knife?

Convinced that it’s the boys who caused and are stoking the latest instability, the Nawaz coterie is indignant. Published May 22, 2016 02:44am

Vultures circling

Nawaz’s mistake was to argue he hasn’t done anything wrong instead of offering to do something right. Updated May 15, 2016 07:02am

Of rogues and torture

Imran? You know he’s having fun up there on those shipping containers because, gosh, he can’t seem to stay away. Published May 08, 2016 06:43am

The carousel of politics

More than two decades on, Imran is where Nawaz was. Nawaz is where nobody was. The boys are where they’ve always been. Published May 01, 2016 07:01am

A turf war

In the end, the new playbook prevailed — decapitation was rejected, but the walking dead were left behind. Published Apr 24, 2016 06:58am

Lahore to Panama

Rage can be a useful thing and the Sharifs are finding out just how dangerous it can be. Published Apr 17, 2016 06:48am

The spy connection

The idea that we can win over the world, or some parts of the world, by dredging up external interference is pabulum. Published Apr 10, 2016 06:28am

An end-point?

Raheel and Nawaz have different approaches. But the approaches are rooted in the same equation — how much, how far, how Published Apr 03, 2016 01:19am

A fourth wave?

Brussels is important because it confirms what Paris had revealed: a fourth wave of jihad. Published Mar 27, 2016 07:23am

A new template

The break from the past had begun — and with it the value of getting Musharraf diminished. Published Mar 20, 2016 07:41am