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Cyril Almeida

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


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

Getting it right?

Tens of thousands of jihadis and a handful of nukes versus a diminishing crop of militants but a burgeoning set of nukes Published Mar 13, 2016 06:40am

The tightening noose

Let’s not kid ourselves. Pakistan isn’t liberal. Pakistan isn’t about to become liberal. Updated Mar 07, 2016 07:17am


The Pakistan Army has never, ever so relentlessly hunted an enemy that wasn’t India and is Islamist. Published Feb 28, 2016 06:31am

Not nabbed yet

The surest thing we’ve learned about Nawaz is that a confident Nawaz makes for a snippy Nawaz. Updated Feb 21, 2016 12:00pm

The plane and the bus

Let’s assume it wasn’t PIA. It was a bunch of striking public-sector teachers or railways employees or the teeming Published Feb 14, 2016 02:40am