James Traub

  • TI am on my seventh trip to India since I first visited the country in 1976. Nothing is the same. The essential Indian narrative has gone from timelessness to disruption; the national icon from the lumbering elephant to the call centre to the high-tech entrepreneur. The Delhi that I first knew was ...

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  • TLast month, according to news accounts, US President Barack Obama agreed to widen the scope of drone attacks carried out against al Qaeda members in Yemen. Previously, strikes targeted only known individuals; henceforth, the CIA and the US military’s Joint Special Operations Command will be ...

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  • TFor the last 20 years we have lived amid the furious clanger of war - and debates over how to wage it. The intense and urgent clashes in the 1990s over “humanitarian intervention” gave way to pitched battles over “regime change” and “democracy promotion” after ...

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  • T “It was Leon being Leon.” This is the take you get when you ask Obama administration officials exactly what it was that Defence Secretary Leon Panetta meant when he said last week that the administration wanted to move troops in Afghanistan from “a combat role to a training, ...

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  • TI happened to be in Oslo for a conference (of the very worthy Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue) when US President Barack Obama delivered his Afghanistan speech on June 22. The next morning I sat down with Abdul Salam Zaeef, the former Afghan ambassador to Pakistan under the Taliban government. ...

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  • TWhen US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking last week at a security conference in Munich, alluded to forces at work in the protests in Egypt - or in any society - that will try to derail or overtake the process to pursue their own specific agenda, she didnt have to spell out whom she had ...

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