Akbar Ahmed


Finding peace through art

A new play in Washington DC brings together South Asian actors from countries in conflict to promote harmony and unity.


The Oromo and the War on Terror in the Horn of Africa

The Oromo and other long-suffering communities do not want independence but to be treated as citizens of the state.


What the Abbottabad report means for Pakistan

The bin Laden report confirms the mutual disdain Pakistan and the United States maintain towards each other.


The spectre of fascism in Greece

The xenophobic, ultranationalist Golden Dawn party is gaining clout in the birthplace of democracy.


Pakistan elections and the hope for democracy

Pakistan should work to build trust and respect, not only with the US, but also with India and Afghanistan.


Making enemies in Yemen

Drone strikes have a ripple effect beyond those killed - they create enemies where they did not exist before.


Waziristan: 'The most dangerous place in the world'

Finding peace and securing stability in the Tribal Areas should be the first priority for the newly elected government.


The Kabyle Berbers, AQIM and the search for peace in Algeria

A heavy-handed solution to the Kabyle in Algeria is doomed to failure and bloodshed, as history has shown.


Eritrea and its refugee crisis

The current dismal state of affairs in Eritrea is due to nearly 30 years of constant warfare.


The plight of the Rif: Morocco's restive northern periphery

The unrest in the Rif is based in the tumultuous history of Rifians as a battered people on Morocco's northern periphery


Nigeria in flames: Breaking the cycle of revenge

Nigeria should respect the Fulani's traditional culture and give them their full human and civil rights as citizens.


Saving the lost generation of Kurds

The Kurds must be given full rights and treated as equals if there is to be any hope for future generations.