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Libya Still an Uncertain Success

The U.S. has limited resources to act on protest movements around the Middle East and despite an apparent success in Libya, coercive sanctions may have been a better precedent to set for countries that are not a direct threat to U.S. strategic interests, says Jane Harman on Fox News.

The National Conversation--9/11: The Next Ten Years

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With the imminent fall of the Libyan regime and enormous changes taking place across the Arab world, the national security landscape has dramatically altered.

Border Security Challenges After 9/11: A Conversation With Three Commissioners of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Co-sponsored with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection History Department

Commissioner Alan Bersin of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) joins former commissioners Robert Bonner and Ralph Basham in a discussion of border security since 9/11. This roundtable, facilitated by Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, will examine how the federal government consolidated border security into one CBP in 2003 and how threats to the nation’s homeland have evolved over the last decade.

Book Launch – Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself

On January 4, 2011, Salman Taseer, governor of the Pakistani province of Punjab, was assassinated in Islamabad. The gunman was Malik Mumtaz Qadri, one of Taseer’s bodyguards. Qadri justified his actions by referring to Taseer’s outspoken opposition to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws -- harsh regulations that govern the treatment of religious minorities. Before his death, Taseer, an aggressively secular leader in a deeply Muslim nation, had railed against the case of a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy against Muslims with whom she had had a disagreement.

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity

This timely study surveys the conflict in Afghanistan from Pakistan’s point of view and analyzes the roots of Pakistan’s ambiguous policy—supporting the United States on one hand and showing empathy for the Afghan Taliban on the other. The author, a former foreign secretary of Pakistan, considers a broad range of events and interweaves his own experiences and perspectives into the larger narrative of the Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship.