The Drones Club

Could drones – currently used by the CIA for targeted assassinations (just don’t call them that, especially as they often seem untargeted) – be used for good? Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Mark Hanis, co-founders of the Genocide Intervention Network, seem to think so… Imagine if we could watch in high definition with a bird’s-eye view. … More The Drones Club

Memogate: What’s the truth got to do with it?

To no-one’s great surprise, we learned yesterday that Mansoor Ijaz, the crucial figure in the “memogate” saga, would not be coming to Pakistan to explain exactly who knew what. His lawyer said he feared for his safety. Mr Ijaz told me he feared for his evidence: “It’s very simple, there’s an inherent conflict of interest … More Memogate: What’s the truth got to do with it?

Captain or statesman?

Piece in today’s Sunday Times (behind the paywall) confirms theory that all of Pakistan can be understood by looking at the cricket team. In this case it’s how the captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, has transformed the team’s fortunes… Geoff Lawson, an earlier Pakistan coach, rates Misbah the cleverest man in Pakistan cricket. “He has a statesman-like demeanour, … More Captain or statesman?

Peace v Justice: Lessons from Northern Ireland

On one of my final visits to Khartoum I was discussing the gnarly old peace-versus-justice debate with a diplomat, who used a comparison with a peace process closer to home. She was making a point about the utility of issuing a warrant for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir even as negotiations continued for independence … More Peace v Justice: Lessons from Northern Ireland

Piracy an Important Source of Development Cash in Somalia

I’ve always been impressed by Somalia’s pirates. The country is a basket case in so many ways, but amid the insecurity and poverty they have managed to become world leaders in their field. And I’m not completely joking when I say they are a reminder that Somalia has an incredibly resourceful population that can overcome … More Piracy an Important Source of Development Cash in Somalia