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Colin Cookman Archives

Previewing Pakistan’s 2013 Elections

Pakistanis book_alt2 icon Report This report overviews the major political dynamics that have characterized the current Pakistani government’s tenure and previews the country's forthcoming general election campaign.

by Colin Cookman | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dealing with Pakistan’s Messy Politics

The United States will need to remain engaged with multiple centers of power inside Pakistan as it works through internal political struggles, write Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis.

by Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis | Thursday, June 21, 2012

Uh-Oh. Pakistan Can’t Pay Its Electric Bills.

The prospects for Pakistan's democracy and long-term stability will ultimately depend on political leaders being held publicly accountable for their management of the country's economic development, writes Colin Cookman.

by Colin Cookman | Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Pakistan Aid Dilemma

article icon Issue Brief Though tensions between the two countries have risen recently the United States maintains an interest in engagement with Pakistan, and must be careful in considering how it structures and enforces new promises of assistance or threats of a cutoff, write Colin Cookman and Bill French.

by Colin Cookman and Bill French | Friday, December 16, 2011

The Limits of U.S. Assistance to Pakistan

article icon Issue Brief Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis, Sarah Margon, and Caroline Wadhams look at ways to streamline aid to Pakistan while making it more effective.

by Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis, Sarah Margon, and Caroline Wadhams | Monday, July 18, 2011

Unanswered Questions in Obama’s Afghanistan Policy

The departments and agencies of the U.S. government must work together to back up the president's remarks with policies and plans that can make political settlement and civilian transition in Afghanistan a reality, write Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Thursday, June 23, 2011

Negotiating Afghanistan’s Future

Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman argue that the United States needs to rethink its approach in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the raid on Osama bin Laden.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Thursday, June 2, 2011

Failure as the Trump Card

Pakistani leaders and their international backers must continue to push for reforms if the country is to move away from international dependency and towards a more sustainable future, writes Colin Cookman.

by Colin Cookman | Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting Afghanistan’s House in Order

The United States and its allies must address the political and financial stability of Afghanistan now or face the consequences down the road, says Colin Cookman.

by Colin Cookman | Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Case of Raymond Davis

The U.S.-Pakistan relationship is put at risk by a shooting in Lahore, writes Colin Cookman. Resolving the situation will take careful diplomacy by both countries.

by Colin Cookman | Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Questioning Transition in Afghanistan

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry’s proposal to take a closer look at U.S. policies in Afghanistan offers a much-needed opportunity to reassess our efforts to develop a sustainable peace settlement, says Colin Cookman.

by Colin Cookman | Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Priorities for Pakistan

Pakistan’s international donors have a responsibility to hold the country accountable for government reform, writes Colin Cookman.

by Colin Cookman | Friday, January 14, 2011

Keeping Karzai’s Feet to the Fire

Carolina Wadhams and Colin Cookman on Tuesday's international conference that brought together more than 70 countries to discuss moving forward in Afghanistan.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Assessing Peace Prospects in Afghanistan

Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman provide analysis of the upcoming “peace jirga” in Kabul and President Karzai’s new peace plan for Afghanistan.

by Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman | Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The 18th Amendment and Pakistan’s Political Transitions

The passage of Pakistan’s 18th amendment to its constitution could mark a shift to a more representative federal system, writes Colin Cookman.

by Colin Cookman | Monday, April 19, 2010