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Muhammad Akbar Notezai

Muhammad Akbar Notezai is a Lahore-based journalist and correspondent for The Diplomat. He has contributed dozens of articles to Pakistani national newspapers and magazines including the Daily TimesThe Friday TimesThe NationViewPoint Online and The News On Sunday. His writings and interviews focus on Pakistan-China relations, Pakistan’s foreign relations, domestic politics, Gwadar port, and religious extremism. He tweets as @Akbar_notezai and he can be reached at [email protected].”

Can Pakistan Protect CPEC?
May 20, 2019
Can Pakistan Protect CPEC?
An attack on a luxury hotel in the heart of Gwadar proves that Pakistan's military-centric approach is failing.
Can Pakistan Protect CPEC?
Fear and Loathing in Balochistan 
April 25, 2019
Fear and Loathing in Balochistan 
Terror attacks and violence continues to plague the province – and the Hazaras bear the brunt of the danger.
Fear and Loathing in Balochistan 
New Trends in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties
February 27, 2019
New Trends in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties
Pakistan is drawing closer than ever to Saudi Arabia, with consequences for its relations with Iran.
New Trends in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Ties
Will Pakistan's Wall Work?
January 19, 2019
Will Pakistan's Wall Work?
Pakistan is building a wall along its border with Afghanistan. Will it actually make the country safer?
Will Pakistan's Wall Work?
Why Balochs Are Targeting China
November 26, 2018
Why Balochs Are Targeting China
CPEC, Balochistan, and unresolved political issues are a potent mix.
Why Balochs Are Targeting China
Trouble at the Pakistan-Iran Border
October 30, 2018
Trouble at the Pakistan-Iran Border
The Baloch-dominated border area used to be a source of cooperation for Islamabad and Tehran. What went wrong?
Trouble at the Pakistan-Iran Border
Michael Kugelman on Pakistan's Future Under Imran Khan
August 20, 2018
Michael Kugelman on Pakistan's Future Under Imran Khan
What will Pakistan’s foreign policy look like under new Prime Minister Imran Khan?
Michael Kugelman on Pakistan's Future Under Imran Khan
Is China Influencing Pakistan’s Elections?
July 11, 2018
Is China Influencing Pakistan’s Elections?
CPEC is a major campaign point, for better or worse, in the run-up to Pakistan's elections.
Is China Influencing Pakistan’s Elections?
The Plight of Pakistan's Journalists
May 25, 2018
The Plight of Pakistan's Journalists
The free press is being suffocated in Pakistan.
The Plight of Pakistan's Journalists
Pakistan’s Burgeoning Relationship with China
January 24, 2018
Pakistan’s Burgeoning Relationship with China
The two countries enjoy increasingly robust ties, at least at the official level.
Pakistan’s Burgeoning Relationship with China
Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?
July 09, 2017
Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?
A tradition of cooperation is giving way to a much more complicated relationship
Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?
The Rise of Religious Extremism in Balochistan
January 09, 2017
The Rise of Religious Extremism in Balochistan
“Once you unleash these monsters, as you know from Afghanistan, you cannot control them.”
The Rise of Religious Extremism in Balochistan
Arif Jamal: Why Jamaat-ud-Dawa Is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS
December 07, 2016
Arif Jamal: Why Jamaat-ud-Dawa Is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS
An interview with South Asia expert Arif Jamal.
Arif Jamal: Why Jamaat-ud-Dawa Is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS
Pakistan and Honor Killings
September 04, 2016
Pakistan and Honor Killings
Will the recent murder of a celebrity finally prompt the government of Pakistan to act?
Pakistan and Honor Killings
The Dilemma of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy
August 12, 2016
The Dilemma of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy
Why can’t Islamabad get its foreign policy on track?
The Dilemma of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy
Islamist Discontent Over China’s Treatment of Uighurs
June 20, 2016
Islamist Discontent Over China’s Treatment of Uighurs
Pakistani activists are – quietly for now – unhappy at Beijing’s crackdown on Chinese Muslims.
Islamist Discontent Over China’s Treatment of Uighurs
Balochistan and the Killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour
June 07, 2016
Balochistan and the Killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour
The drone strike that targeted the Taliban leader points to a troubling future for Pakistan’s largest province.
Balochistan and the Killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour
Interview: Peter Frankopan
May 17, 2016
Interview: Peter Frankopan
The Oxford historian on China-Pakistan relations, the Silk Road, and implications for India.
Interview: Peter Frankopan
The Panama Papers and a Turf War in Pakistan
May 11, 2016
The Panama Papers and a Turf War in Pakistan
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif finds himself on increasingly shaky ground.
The Panama Papers and a Turf War in Pakistan
Interview: Rajiva Wijesinha
May 08, 2016
Interview: Rajiva Wijesinha
A leading author on Sri Lanka’s efforts to repair relations with the Tamils.
Interview: Rajiva Wijesinha
Interview: Patrick Mendis
April 30, 2016
Interview: Patrick Mendis
A discussion of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy under President Maithripala Sirisena
Interview: Patrick Mendis
Militancy in Punjab
April 12, 2016
Militancy in Punjab
The recent bombing in Lahore underscores the problem with militancy in Pakistan’s most populous province.
Militancy in Punjab
Interview: Farahnaz Ispahani
March 10, 2016
Interview: Farahnaz Ispahani
“Christians, Hindus, Shia Muslims are under attack every day.”
Interview: Farahnaz Ispahani
Interview: Alex Vatanka
February 25, 2016
Interview: Alex Vatanka
Iran's foreign policy is experiencing a moment of transformation.
Interview: Alex Vatanka
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