News and Analysis (11/28/07)

After years of broken promises, Musharraf finally makes good on his word to step down from his position as army chief, meanwhile former CIA officer Arthur Keller finds Pakistan’s army has lost the will to fight Taliban militants and argues US policy supporting Musharraf has failed …

… but in a move meant to break the tense deadlock over Lebanon’s next president, the pro-government bloc led by Saad Hariri announces it is willing to amend to constitution to allow potential consensus candidate and current head of army Michel Suleiman run for office:

After issuing the closest thing to a formal joint declaration, Arab and Israeli leaders get down to the hard work of negotiations, meanwhile some analysts see Annapolis offering little possibility for change, while others see Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the discussions as a pragmatic means to offset the growing influence of Iran:

Led by poor intelligence, US-led air forces repeat a deadly pattern, killing 12 Afghan road workers in an attempt to strike at a terrorist allegedly in the same area:

“I don’t want them to see themselves as Muslim girls doing this ‘Look at us, we are trying to be American,’… No, no, no, they are American. It is not an issue of trying.”—Farheen Hakeem, Minneapolis Girl Scout troop leader


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

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