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    William Milam

    Ambassador William Milam is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC and a former US diplomat who was Ambassador to Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Chief of Mission in Liberia.

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  • THE TALIBAN; WILL PAKISTAN’S PROXY TURN INTO DR FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER0

    by William Milam      26 September 2021 Well, the Taliban have been in charge of Afghanistan for a month now. So far, so good, we hear their supporters intoning. Civil war hasn’t broken out, primarily because there is no credible, unified opposition to pose a military challenge to the new government.  Mass murder hasn’t

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  • Afghanistan Takeover: Did The Real Taliban Just Emerge From The Closet?0

    by William Milam September 11, 2021 After two weeks of mystery about which Taliban the world would be dealing with, we learned on Tuesday the list of those Taliban leaders who will form the “interim government” that will rule the country for however long this interim is. The makeup of the group leads to the conclusion

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  • Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan: Be Careful What You Wish For0

    The jubilation Khan and like-minded Pakistanis expressed may turn to consternation as the Taliban tighten their grip on Afghanistan  by William Milam  September 4, 2021 https://www.thefridaytimes.com/taliban-takeover-of-afghanistan-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/ Imran khan really said that the Taliban victory in Afghanistan broke the chains of slavery. I didn’t believe that he could have said something so anti-historical and offensive until I

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  • Will Biden’s Pride At Being Right On Afghanistan Lead To His Fall?0

    by William Milam   August 28, 2021 The Bible says that “Pride goeth before a fall.” So, was it pride that motivated Joe Biden, our cool and calculating president, our FDR of the 21st century, to miscalculate so badly the easily foreseeable consequences of his decision to abandon Afghanistan? This may be a question that haunts him, and

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  •   AFGHANISTAN’S COLLAPSE: THE INEVITABLE ARRIVES EARLY0

    by William Milam     22 August 2021 We awakened Sunday morning in California to headlines screaming of the Afghanistan “collapse;” President Ghani had fled earlier in the morning and the Taliban had entered Kabul and now controlled  entire country. Nothing except the speed of this latest event surprised us, but everything in Afghanistan in the past

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  • Afghanistan, the rock and the hard place0

    In a 2011 visit to Afghanistan, then-Vice President Joe Biden listens to Afghan Brig. Gen. Amlaqullah Patyani, commander of Kabul Military Training Center. In the center is Gen. David Petraeus, then the commander of the International Security Force. As president, Biden must determine whether to soon withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.    DEFENSE DEPARTMENT  

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  • Searching for a Potemkin Village Opposition0

    by William Milam April 9, 2021   “Potemkin village” is actually a term that originated in politics, and thus, for this article, a very appropriate term to describe one interesting recent, possibly rhetorical, sidestep in the authoritarian march of Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League government she runs. According to Wikipedia, a Potemkin Village is “any

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  • Bangladesh: Censorship through internet chicanery0

    William Milam explains how governments can misuse copyright law as a tool for censorship  by William Milam  March 19, 2021 Two weeks ago, I received an email from a good friend who is the publisher of two online surveys of South Asia news articles and analyses, as well as a print quarterly journal. He forwarded an

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  • A MARK AGAINST THE SKY AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME0

    By William Milam January 22, 2021   Well, the United States has survived its first insurrection since 1860 and its first ever coup d’état attempt. So, perhaps, the title of this piece, a triumphal, partial quote from Homer’s Odyssey is appropriate. But the verdict on its veracity can surely only come in the generations to

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  • Last chapter of an enfeebled democracy?0

    by William Milam   January 8, 2021 I began writing this on Tuesday, the day that the two runoff elections for the two senate seats in Georgia were being held, and a day before President Trump’s latest, and probably final, assault on our democracy takes place. On Wednesday, Trump’s disciples in Congress will challenge the already-certified

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  • Off to the Races: Trump has completely captured the Republican Party, and it is unlikely to change in character while he remains in control0

    Off to the Races Trump has completely captured the Republican Party, and it is unlikely to change in character while he remains in control, writes William Milam by William Milam    November 27, 2020   On Monday, November 23, when I started writing this piece, the dam had just broken, and President Trump’s vainglorious effort to undo

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  • Banana Republicanism0

    whitehouse.gov   by William Milam   November 13, 2020 Well, the election is over—or at least the vote is almost completely counted, and there is no mystery about who came out on top. Today’s count shows that Joe Biden got 5 million more votes than Donald Trump and now has 290 electoral college votes, which is 20

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  • Lives or Livelihoods: Evidence from the Spanish Flu0

    by William Milam May 22, 2020 “The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” wrote William Faulkner. I think of this line as I continue to study the last great influenza pandemic to devastate the world, foreshadowing 102 years ago, the devastation of our current pestilence, COVID-19. Yes, as my medically trained friends point

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  • The Wages of History: Revisiting the 1918 Pandemic0

    by William Milam May 8, 2020 Finally, just when I thought the Great Pandemic of 1918/19 had been mined for all it could teach us in regard to defending against the COVID-19 pandemic that now afflicts us, a new study is published, which with new looks at old data, and more sophisticated analytic tools, tells

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