from The Great Debate:

Risky business: Talking to the Taliban

By Paula Newberg
November 8, 2013

If one event crystallizes Pakistan’s helplessness in confronting its political future, it is the recent assassination-by-American-drone of Hakimullah Mehsud, erstwhile leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan’s patchy fight against Islamist violence sows confusion

July 10, 2011

(A man takes a nap next to a poster of Osama bin Laden at the Chauburji monument in Lahore May 13, 2011. The message written on the posters read: "The prayer absentia for martyr of Islamic nation is a duty and a debt"/Mani Rana)

Family, Taliban scare off actresses in Afghan film industry

June 14, 2011

(Afghan film actress Nafisa Nafis puts on make-up at the sets of a television series directed by Saba Sahar in Kabul June 7, 2011/Ahmad Masood)

Q+A: Women’s rights in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban

June 13, 2011

(Afghan men and women teachers attend their graduation ceremony in Kabul March 30, 2011/Omar Sobhani)

How will Afghan women fare if Kabul and the Taliban reconcile?

June 13, 2011

(Schoolgirls listen to a speech by Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a ceremony marking the start of the school year at Amani High School in Kabul March 23, 2011/Omar Sobhani)

Women brave social barriers to join Afghan police force

June 9, 2011

(Afghan policewomen search women at a polling station in Herat, western Afghanistan September 18, 2010/Raheb Homavandi)

Even without bin Laden, Pakistan’s Islamist militants strike fear

May 5, 2011

(Supporters of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden shout anti-American slogans, after the news of his death, during a rally in Quetta May 2, 2011/Naseer Ahmed)

Taliban suicide blasts at Sufi shrine in Pakistan kill 41

By Reuters Staff
April 4, 2011
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(Bodies of victims lie at the site of a Sufi shrine hit by Taliban suicide bomb attacks in Dera Ghazi Khan April 3, 2011/Sheikh Asif Raza)

Factbox on Pakistan’s emerging anti-U.S. Islamist bloc

By Reuters Staff
March 10, 2011
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(Supporters of religious parties burn a U.S flag during a protest in Lahore February 18, 2011/Mohsin Raza)

Pakistan’s Islamist parties challenge weakening government

By Reuters Staff
March 9, 2011
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(A supporter of Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami backs Pakistan's blasphemy laws during a rally in Peshawar January 23, 2011/Fayaz Aziz )