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Sectarianization: An Interview with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel

Riad Alarian Nader Hashemi Danny Postel January 10th, 2018 The following is a transcription of an interview with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, editors of the pioneering new book,  Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East . At the site of last year’s Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference in Washington, D.C. (November 18 – 21, 2017), I sat with Hashemi and Postel to discuss their book and many of the important contributions it provides to the study of the Middle East. This interview has been condensed and edited for style and clarity, but is otherwise presented in its entirety: Riad Alarian (RA): Thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. I wanted to start by asking you to briefly explain the sectarianization thesis and some of the novel ideas it introduces to the discussion on sectarianism. Nader Hashemi (NH): We contrast the concept of sectarianization with the more popular term, sectarianism, and we try to highlight a set of core diff

The Durand Line - A razor's edge between Afghanistan & Pakistan

https://www.efsas.org/publications/study-papers/the-durand-line-a-razors-edge-between-afghanistan-and-pakistan/ Introduction When Sir Mortimer Durand outlined the margins between Afghanistan and British India in 1893, he might have satisfied the British Empire by endorsing and effectuating their interests, but today the existence of a boundary that bisects the Pashtun region, which divides the indigenous people and squeezes them between two adversarial forces, has not only given rise to serious military hostilities, socio-economic issues and geo-political clashes between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but has also let the territory become a hub for terrorist outfits, violent insurgent groups and criminal organizations, which in return nourishes the state of instability and promotes an arms race between the two neighbours. The Durand Line stretches from the Pamirs in the north to the Arabian Sea in the south, covering a distance of 2,430-kilometres. It starts from the snow caped mountains

PN geared up for CPEC challenges

https://pakobserver.net/pn-geared-cpec-challenges-gwadar-port-operations-kaleem/ , Gwadar Port operations: Kaleem 7     Save   Coastal Command annual efficiency parade held at PNS Qasim Manora Islamabad Pakistan Navy’s Coastal Command Annual Efficiency Competition Parade was held on Friday at PNS Qasim, Manora. Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice, Admiral Kaleem Shaukat was the chief guest on the occasion, a statement issued here by directorate of public relations of Pakistan Navy said. Efficiency Competition Parade is conducted annually by Coastal Command of Pakistan Navy to mark the achievements of its operational year wherein efficiency shields are awarded to the selected units based on their achievements throughout the year. Addressing the officers and CPOs and sailors, the chief guest highlighted that Coastal Command of Pakistan Navy had been entrusted with the onerous task of safeguarding the coastal are as from Sir Creek to Jiwani, under the challenging internal and ext