Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban Are Heading Toward a Fight
Islamabad cannot defeat its own Taliban rebels without fighting its former proxies on the other side of the border.
Pakistan and Afghanistan cannot coexist. As competing models of Islamic statehood, the two are engaged in a long-term struggle to shape each other through a process of ideological and territorial osmosis. Pakistan, which is in the throes of an unprecedented political and economic crisis, is especially vulnerable now that the Taliban is back in power […]