Rahimullah Yusufzai is a Peshawar-based senior journalist who covers events in the NWFP, FATA, Balochistan and Afghanistan. His work appears in the Pakistani and international media. He has also contributed chapters to books on the region.
What went down at the Chicago Summit? How will instability in Afghanistan affect Pakistan? Will the US finally make up its mind regarding what role the Taliban will play in ending the Afghan conflict? Rahimullah Yusufzai ponders these questions in the June cover story.
Obama’s plans of a phased drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan are unlikely to usher in a period of peace and stability in the country or the region. In fact, negotiations between US and Afghan officials about permanent US military bases seem to indicate otherwise.
Frosty CIA-ISI relations are unlikely to thaw anytime soon, especially after the unilateral raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad and repeated US demands on Pakistan to crack down on the Haqqani Network in North Waziristan.