December 7th Issue

In the Line of Duty

Pakistan's new Army Chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has to deal with the challenges left behind by Gen. Raheel Sharif By Ejaz Haider Sometime ago, before writing an article on civil-military relations, I decided to do a simple experiment. I asked whoever I met that day to name Pakistan’s air force and navy chiefs. Except one, a former army officer, no one could. Even the officer paused a little before naming the navy chief. All of them, however, knew the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). The point is simple: the traditional civil-military imbalance in Pakistan is mostly about civil-army relations, not civil-military relations. Army chiefs don’t make news in most countries. They shouldn’t. The police and paramilitaries chiefs routinely come and go and no one even notices, outside of the small circle of reporters and analysts whose job it is to report and comment. But that is not the case when it comes to the Army Chief in Pakistan. (Read More)

Inside Cover

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Features

The Real Victims

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The Cave People of Palestine

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Along Calmer Frontlines

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Down Time

A Hole in Time

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