'Changing Pakistan is a job for Pakistanis, and the more we meddle, the more likely we are to get things wrong.' That's my argument in my Wednesday column. Agree or disagree?

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Posted by David Ignatius on November 9, 2007 11:26 AM


Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

Hope in Pakistan's Lawyers

Many struggles for democracy and freedoms in the Arab World and other places are thwarted partly by the lack of independence of legal systems. Pakistani lawyers are now putting their lives in the line of fire to uphold the rule of law.

Posted by Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 0 COMMENTS
Nov 13, 2007 at 5:24 PM
Vivian Salama is an award winning reporter, producer and blogger. Currently based in Lahore, Pakistan, she has reported for various publications from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the United States and North and South Korea. She has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC, France24, South African Broadcasting Corp., TVNZ, NPR and as a reporter for Voice of America radio. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, the National, Jerusalem Post, and the Daily Star. Salama has an MA in Islamic Politics from Columbia University and she previously worked as a lecturer of international journalism at Rutgers University.

Damned if We Do, Damned if We Don't

Who is America to say what's good for the people of Pakistan, or for the rest of the world?

Posted by Vivian Salama USA/Middle East | 7 COMMENTS
Nov 11, 2007 at 1:00 PM
PostGlobal co-moderator David Ignatius is a Washington Post columnist with a wide-ranging career in journalism, having served at various times as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. He has also written widely for magazines and published six novels. Ignatius’s twice-weekly column on global politics, economics and international affairs debuted on The Washington Post op-ed page in January 1999, and has been syndicated worldwide by The Washington Post Writers Group. The column won the 2000 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary and a 2004 Edward Weintal Prize. From September 2000 to January 2003, Ignatius served as executive editor of the Paris-based International Herald Tribune. Prior to becoming a columnist, Ignatius was the Post´s assistant managing editor in charge of business news, a position he assumed in 1993. He served as the Post´s foreign editor from 1990 to 1992, supervising the paper´s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From 1986 to 1990, he was editor of the Post´s Sunday Outlook section.

Pakistan Must Make Its Own History

My friend Daoud Kuttab sounds the call for liberal intervention with a passion that I share, but have grown to mistrust.

Posted by David Ignatius Washington Post columnist | 14 COMMENTS
Nov 10, 2007 at 9:31 AM
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

Pakistan to America: Keep Out

If the U.S. wants any future Pakistani leader to salvage a measure of legitimacy, it must adopt a hands-off policy there.

Posted by Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 87 COMMENTS
Nov 9, 2007 at 12:51 PM
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is

U.S. Can’t Wash Its Hands of Pakistan

A hands-off U.S. policy would give a green light to a dictator whose sole interest is settling his own scores.

Posted by Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 6 COMMENTS
Nov 9, 2007 at 12:50 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Today’s Pakistan Not Yesterday’s Iran

If left unchecked, al-Qaeda could easily use Pakistan as a platform to destabilize Saudi Arabia – faster than we can all say “Plan B.”

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 34 COMMENTS
Nov 9, 2007 at 12:47 PM

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