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Ray Filar

Ray Filar is co-editor of Transformation and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Pakistan: misgovernance to meltdown

The heart of Pakistan's crisis is the exhaustion of the model of governance that has long dominated the state, says Iftikhar H Malik.

Musharraf: the fateful moment

The president-general is fighting for life and planning for survival but events are conspiring against him, Shaun Gregory.

Kosovo's contested future

The international community is due to deliver its verdict on the future status of Kosovo on 10 December 2007. But the interests of the international actors deciding the disputed territory's fate is part of the problem, says Paul Hockenos.

Georgia: progress, interrupted

An intolerant president and a fragmented opposition both need to learn lessons from Georgia's period of turmoil if the country's modernisation is to resume, says Robert Parsons.

A Pakistani dilemma

The United States is facing greater military problems in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region just as its political imperative is control and quietude.

Georgia: politics after revolution

The crisis of governance in Georgia is rooted in history, geopolitics and political culture as well as the failures of Mikheil Saakashvili's government, says Alexander Rondeli.

Israel, free speech, and the Oxford Union

The collapse of a public debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a case-study of the vulnerability of open dialogue to closed minds, says Avi Shlaim.

Pakistan’s multi-faceted crisis

A combination of political opposition, economic pressure and rising insurgency is draining legitimacy from Pervez Musharraf's leadership, says Irfan Husain.

Annapolis: how to avoid failure

The next Israeli-Palestinian conference can produce results only if there is strong political will to tackle the hardest issues, say Mariano Aguirre & Mark Taylor.

Pakistan: inside the storm

The coup in Pakistan is directed against the judiciary, says a "troublesome lawyer" detained under martial law and just released, Salman Raja.

Risk in the Arab world: enterprise vs politics

A distorted balance between risk and reward inhibits the Arab world's economic and social development, says Tarek Osman.

Wanted: a new global paradigm

The destructive search for military control amid acute environmental constraint highlights the prescience of pioneering work on global sustainability.

Pakistan: the power of the gun

Pervez Musharraf's power is now dependent on the very institution that has long guaranteed it, says Ayesha Siddiqa.

Europe and terrorism: the wrong path

A strategy to counter terrorism that reinforces the exclusion of and discrimination against young Muslims won't work. An approach based on the establishment of trust and legitimacy is needed, says Mats Engström.

Europe, terrorism and the internet

The European Union counter-terror strategy loses its way in cyberspace, says Johnny Ryan.

Pervez Musharraf’s desperate gamble

The Pakistani president's martial-law decree is targeting lawyers, human-rights activists, political opponents and the media. Can it work? Irfan Husain, in Karachi, reports.

Pakistan: farewell to democracy

The Pervez Musharraf-Benazir Bhutto deal in Pakistan is part of the problem rather than the solution to a crisis of legitimate governance, says Shaun Gregory.

(This article was first published on 29 October 2007)

The Tehran fixation

A convergence of strategic concerns and electoral dynamics in the American homeland is increasing the chances of war with Iran.

Annapolis and the “Jerusalem paradigm"

Jerusalem will be the test of the latest effort to create Israeli-Palestinian peace, says Daniel Seidemann.

Iraq: a far horizon

The United States long-term military strategy in Iraq and the region lacks understanding and imagination

Secularism confronts Islam

The vigorous debate about Muslims in Europe and their relationship to the west's understanding of itself needs to be informed by an understanding of history's duality and the present's fluidity, says Olivier Roy.

The United States army in control

The war on terror's seventh year finds United States military thinking locked in an unsustainable security paradigm.

Muslim liberals: epistles of moderation

The second letter of a group of Muslim notables to Christian leaders is a case-study in both the state of religious thinking and the democratisation of sovereignty in the global arena, says Faisal Devji.

Afghanistan-Pakistan: zone of insecurity

A season of political deal-making in Islamabad, London and Washington cannot conceal the failings of the "war on terror" at its point of origin.

Al-Qaida: from centre to periphery

The choice between fighting smarter against and negotiating with al-Qaida is rendered false by the movement's own dispersal, say Ram Manikkalingam & Pablo Policzer.

Afghanistan: six years of war

A peace process involving elements of the Taliban is the alternative to endless war.

Serbia’s Kosovo claim: much ado about...

Belgrade's escalation of rhetoric over Kosovo's future relates to domestic Serbian politics, says Eric Gordy.

The hi-tech battlefield

A controlling ambition drives the United States to embrace a costly vision of automated war.

Palestinian political rights: a common-sense solution

The route to peace and security lies through a clear political recognition, says Ghassan Khatib.

Lebanon: short memory, system failure

The roots of Lebanon's political fracture lie in the unresolved legacy of its 1975-90 civil war, says Vicken Cheterian.

America and Iran: the spark of war

Four fresh developments - involving Israel, France, and Washington and Tehran themselves - are bringing closer a war that could happen by accident.

The architects of Iraq

The impulse that drives United States policy in Iraq is reflected in the professional character of its leading military and diplomatic figures, says Tareq Y Ismael.

Pakistan’s poker-game

The return and expulsion of opposition leader Nawaz Sharif is part of a larger political power-play in which Washington is deeply involved, says Irfan Husain.

Iran: war and surprise

The heart of the United States's autumn flurry over Iraq is to shift focus towards Iran.

Al-Qaida: end of the beginning

Wars end, terrorism fades, groups die. A fresh perspective can envisage a closure of the cycle that began on 11 September 2001, says Audrey Kurth Cronin.
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