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Master of the Game

EJAZ HAIDER Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will guard the guards themselves?) — Juvenal, Satires “The civil-military challenge is to reconcile a military strong enough to do anything the civilians ask with a military subordinate enough to do only what … Continue reading

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The Soldier and the Lover

EJAZ HAIDER Sept. 17, 2009, DAILY TIMES An evening at Shaista Sirajuddin’s is always a stimulating affair and never fails to remind me of the time when I would sit through her class, usually the only one I attended, trying … Continue reading

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Use tradition ingeniously

EJAZ HAIDER Plan meticulously; execute ruthlessly Jose Saramago’s novel Blindness is the story of an unnamed city afflicted by a mass epidemic of blindness. As the affliction spreads, social order begins to break down. The government’s inept and panic-driven repressive … Continue reading

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A BMW shouldn’t play chicken with a ‘jalopy’

EJAZ HAIDER It was around 11 am when I reached Dhamal, a small village smack on the Working Boundary between Pakistan and India in Charva sector, a 20-minute drive from Sialkot Cantonment. As our vehicles pulled into the main, dusty … Continue reading

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Fighting 21st Century Wars

Ejaz Haider War is older than the oldest profession. Violence began when Cain slew Abel. It has since gone through many ages. But while there are many spots of time along the historical trajectory of war-fighting, closer to our time … Continue reading

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Alexis De Tocqueville

When we remember…that the French nation, excluded as it was from the conduct of its own affairs, lacking in political experience, shackled by ancient institutions and powerless to reform them — when we remember that this was the most literary-minded … Continue reading

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State and nation-building: Imagination to reality

EJAZ HAIDER The basic unit of identity and analysis in today’s world is the nation-state. In its current incarnation, it’s not a very old concept. Some scholars trace it to the 1648 peace of Westphalia, a series of treaties that … Continue reading

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