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Seema Sirohi

Seema Sirohi is a foreign policy analyst currently based in Washington. She has worked for The Telegraph (Calcutta), Outlook and Ananda Bazar Patrika in the past, reporting from Geneva, Rome, Bratislava, Belgrade, Paris, Islamabad and Washington on a range of issues. Author of Sita’s Curse: Stories of Dowry Victims, she has been a commentator on BBC, CNN and NPR.

Jul 9, 2013

Osama bin Laden and the failure of the Pakistani state

The exhaustive 336-page report is a strong indictment of the entire government machinery – from the all-powerful ISI and the military to the lowly beat policeman and revenue officer. #Abbottabad #Bin Laden #ISI #OnOurMind #Osama #Osama bin Laden #Pakistan #United States

Jun 26, 2013

Why US shouldn’t accept Dalrymple’s reading of Afghan ‘history’

With his latest essay on Afghanistan, William Dalrymple has crossed into the wilds of contemporary geo-politics and proved history can also be someone’s pet interpretation. #Afghanistan #India #InMyOpinion #Mujahideen #Pakistan #US #Washington #William Dalrymple

Jun 16, 2013

Big Brother Wars: Why Snowden is so valuable to China

Is he a hero for opening the door on this obsessive compulsive spying on ordinary citizens or a villain who jeopardized security by doing so? #Barack Obama #China #Edward Snowden #PRISM #Spying #World

Jun 11, 2013

What India could have taught the US about dealing with China

The recent US-China summit was a success – for Chinese President Xi Jinping. He conceded little and ably cast the meeting on his terms. #Barack Obama #China #ConnectTheDots #India #Japan #US #Xi Jinping

Jun 6, 2013

What the appointment of Susan Rice as Obama’s NSA means for India

New Delhi can take heart in the fact that she will be a good counter to Secretary of State John Kerry who is seen as overly accommodating of Pakistan. #India #John Kerry #NSA #Pakistan #President Obama #Susan Rice #UN #UN Security Council #US #WhoIsThis #World

May 24, 2013

Obama’s new guidelines on drone strikes: Pak will remain on radar

President Obama’s new counter-terrorism doctrine is an attempt to restrict the controversial drone programme but without losing his prerogative to still strike wherever and whenever necessary. #Counter-terrorism doctrine #Drones #f al-Qaeda #HowThisWorks #Lashkar-e-Taiba #Obama #Pakistan #President Obama #Taliban

May 19, 2013

Big deal: Obama’s shale gas decision is a huge opportunity for India

Quite apart from the obvious economic benefits, shale gas could be a major building block for a new security architecture in Asia. #Barack Obama #energy security #GAIL #Nirupama Rao #Shale gas #US #World

May 8, 2013

As historic elections dawn, public mood in Pakistan is dismal

A new Pew Research Center survey released May 7 highlights the people’s mood as “exceedingly grim” with 91% saying Pakistan is headed in the wrong direction. #Imran Khan #Nawaz Sharif #Pakistan elections 2013 #World

May 2, 2013

Sikhs abroad will continue to hound likes of Sajjan Kumar

Those believing Sajjan Kumar's acquittal closes the chapter on the 1984 riots had better prepare themselves for a more sophisticated and sustained campaign through the courts in Europe, Canada and the United States. #1984 anti-sikh riots #India #Kamal Nath #OnOurMind #Sajjan Kumar #Sikh #US #World

Apr 23, 2013

Why the US needs to change how it views Pakistan

What is needed is hard-nosed policies and reorganization of the US bureaucracy towards the multiple threats originating from Pakistan. #Foreign policy #HowThisWorks #India #Nuclear weapons #Pakistan #US