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Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Rasul Bakhsh Rais is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Lahore. His latest book is “Islam, Ethnicity and Power Politics: Constructing Pakistan’s National Identity” (Oxford University Press, 2017). @RasulRais 

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Both US and Taliban realize it is time to give peace a chance

Will fighting in Afghanistan ever come to an end? History is testament to the fact that the longer a war lasts, the more complex it becomes, as it creates a culture of war and leads to polarization in the society, with multiple local and foreign actors taking part in the process.

November 06, 2018

Patronage, corruption and resistance to change in Pakistan

The new government has barely completed 60 days in office, but already the accusations of “failure,” “incompetence,” “lack of direction” and “messed-up priorities” are getting louder during the evening television talk shows.

October 30, 2018

Time for rival parties to embrace the change

What would it take for two parties with a bitter past to align with each other? The answer may very well lie with ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

October 10, 2018