Husain Haqqani

The writer is director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US and is author, most recently, of ‘Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an epic history of misunderstanding’

Articles By Husain Haqqani

A judicial coup

Nawaz Sharif’s conviction confirms that a politician can’t be corrupt and anti-military at the same time in Pakistan

Islamabad’s self-goal

It can ignore ICJ’s injunction in the Jadhav case, but doing so will extract a price in international goodwill.

Zero sum game is up

As its friends befriend India, Pakistan’s ruling elites must come to terms with new regional, global realities

Talk, but without illusions

Suspending the dialogue each time there is a terrorist attack gives jihadis a veto over talks.

Not like Nixon to China

For now, the best outcome of the ‘Modi to Lahore’ foray comprises only modest possibilities.

Reach out to the other side

After the nuclear deal, the Arab world fears a better funded Iranian campaign will exert more influence across the Muslim world than in the past. The US needs to reassure the region

Go on, break the cycle

Things can change between India and Pakistan if one side simply refuses to play the well-worn game

Pakistan’s greatest enemy is denial

December 16 attack is the result of a sustained national policy gone wrong.

A foreign economic policy

Modi’s success with China, US depends on ability to bring economics to the centre.

A bubble called Pakistan

Another elected government is sought to be destabilised. Beneath the noisy political chaos is a country in denial about its loss of direction

If the generals have changed their mind

To be credible, their promise to fight terrorism will need to be accompanied by a realignment of Pakistani nationalism.

Reworking the idea of Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif must revise his country’s notion of India as ‘permanent enemy’ to reach out to India’s new government.

An old story of new beginnings

Nawaz Sharif’s participation in Narendra Modi’s swearing-in is a first. The two leaders must now overcome past failures

The slow end of ideology

India has rejected the politics of loyalty and legacy. Can Pakistan move on too?