Now, with regard to the specific guest editorial essay below: Jason Reich writes about the Pakistani military's handling of counter-insurgency operations in northern regions of the country, such as the North West Frontier Provinces and the Bajur Tribal Agency, strongholds of the Afghan and new Pakistani (Pashtun) neo-Taliban.
Jason and I met during the summer of 2003, when we were both studying abroad. Although we held, and still hold many, differing views on a wide variety of issues he and I became fast friends. Since then, he and I have frequently discussed and debated these issues in a continuing dialogue, a type of dialogue which I believe is vital. Without ignoring or negating our differences on certain big issues, some of which are quite significant, I believe that it is because of our differences, as much as because of our similarities on other issues (and the fact that he's genuinely a nice person), that we became and remain friends. Please see his autobiographical sketch below:
Jason Reich is a journalist who explores the growing community of "soft power" advocates around the world.
Discussion and debate are encouraged in the "Comments" section of Occident.
Gates' proposed budget revisions aroused a chorus of groans that highlight the growing disparity between the disappointed Cold Warriors and ascendant “COINdanistas”. Yet whatever resistance Gates may encounter in the