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Cyril Almeida

The India problem

If Uri was not done by non-state Pakistani militants, then India has managed an even more spectacular own goal. Published Sep 25, 2016 01:17am

Wresting back space

The good news, for Nawaz anyway, is that electorally he’s in the same position he was five years ago. Published Sep 18, 2016 01:53am

A winning strategy?

The PTI has made no effort to pull together the strands of a potentially winning coalition of voters against the PML-N. Published Sep 11, 2016 06:42am

Beneath the froth

Why are Nawaz and Imran both out there right now acting like their political lives depend on it? Published Sep 04, 2016 04:01am

The Karachi mystery

It’s almost as if the boys don’t want to dismantle the militant apparatus as quickly as Karachi would like them to. Published Aug 28, 2016 01:05am

Sustainable conflict

We live in the realm of the unconventional. Zoom out from the latest India-Pakistan kerfuffle and little of the... Published Aug 21, 2016 01:00am

Narrative contradictions

To push back against the broader political purpose of the boys’ narrative, the arch-democrats end up denying even the Published Aug 14, 2016 03:32am

The eternal bridesmaid

The problem is that that Khan doesn’t know how to become prime minister. And it’s got tiring. Very tiring. Updated Aug 07, 2016 12:51pm

A new chief

Retire in November and Raheel can walk away the greatest chief in a generation. Published Jul 31, 2016 03:34am

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