Last year was long, unsettling and transitional. I have always welcomed change but being unsure about one’s future path is not too exciting.Have been a nomad for the past eighteen months. But I don’t want to start 2016 with complaints or regrets. During 2015, I finished two fellowships in Washington D.C. and then moved to Ithaca College in the Fall. A new beginning and perhaps a new direction.

The good thing is that amid all the transitions, my writing continued.

Here is a quick summary of all that I wrote in 2015. Three policy papers, one long essay and seventy-four commentaries, reviews, analyses and interviews. Most of them are also archived on this website.

Thanks to all those who gave me feedback, encouragement and ideas.

Policy/analytical papers & Essays:

  1. Charting Pakistan’s Internal Security Policy, Feb 2015. United States Institute of Peace
  2. The Prospects for Reform in Islam, March 2015. Hudson Institute
  3. Pakistan: Education, Religion and Conflict, May 2015, Tony Blair Foundation
  4. Long Essay: On the run, October, 2015, AEON Magazine

Commentaries, Op-eds, Reviews, Reports

  1. Op-ed: Countering the terror menace – January 1, 2015, Express Tribune
  2. Report: Protect minorities, says Pakistan Ulema Council – January 2, 2015, The Friday Times
  3. Taseer, an icon for sane, just Pakistan – January 4, 2015
  4. Book Review: A definitive history of Pakistan – January 13, 2015, Express Tribune
  5. Analysis: Islam Needs Reformation from Within – January, 16, 2015, Huffington Post
  6. Analysis: Back in the Driver’s Seat – January 16, 2015, Foreign Policy
  7. Commentary: No exit – January 16, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  8. Report: The Art Of U.S.-Pakistan Relations – January 26, 2015, Foreign Policy
  9. Art: Journey to change – January 30, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  10. Op-ed:The vicious cycle of hate and violence – February 2, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  11. Culture: The verse of freedom – February 6,2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  12. Literature: Manto’s women – February 13, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  13. Op-ed: Pakistan’s future — fraught with perilous possibilities – February 13, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  14. Art: Through the looking glass – February 20, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  15. Analysis: The terrorism challenge – February 27, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  16. Op-ed: Decisive action needed against militancy – March 3, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  17. Memoir: ‘About suffering they were never wrong’ – March 6, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  18. Op-ed: The need to review our India policy – March 11, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  19. Commentary: Brutal Murder in Bangladesh Highlights Growing Religious Intolerance  March 12, 2015, Fair Observer, USA
  20. Art: The City Speaks – March 20, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  21. Op-ed: Pakistan fails its Christians — again – March 21, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  22. Analysis: Bangladesh On The Brink – March 26, 2015, Foreign Policy
  23. Op-ed: A year ago, I was almost killed – March 28, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  24. Memoir: More than “Just” a footnote – April 3, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  25. Op-ed: Counterterrorism: rhetoric vs reality – April 16, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  26. Interview: ‘China wants to stabilize its entire western periphery’ – April 24, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  27. Op-ed: Sabeen Mahmud, Martyr for Free Speech – April, 29, 2015, New York Times
  28. Commentary: A Drone Killed My Friend, Warren Weinstein – April 30, 2015, Foreign Policy
  29. Analysis: Publish At Your Peril – May 12, 2015, Foreign Policy
  30. Commentary: An Era of Reporting Under Fear– May 12, 2015, Huffington Post
  31. Op-ed: Ideology, Impunity & Chaos –  May 15, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  32. News Analysis: The ghost of Osama May 15, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  33. Op-ed: Why India should not worry about China-Pakistan ties – June 9, 2015 DailyO, India
  34. Commentary: Enemies of The State – June 10, 2015, Foreign Policy
  35. Interview: Yazidi Youth Protests Through His Art – June 15, 2015, Huffington Post
  36. Op-ed: How Modi can ruin India and Pakistan relations – June 23, 2015 DailyO, India
  37. Op-ed: A crippling governance deficit – June 26, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  38. News Analysis: Save Palmyra From ISIS’s Rampage – June 26, 2015, Huffington Post
  39. Literature: Abdullah Hussein: alive in his vision – July 8, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  40. News Analysis: Hope & fear: how to read the renewed Modi-Sharif bonhomie – July 10, 2015, Catch News
  41. Book Review: Chronicles of our recent past – July 10, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  42. Op-ed: Why India, Pakistan treat their Nobel laureates shamefully – July 21, 2015, DailyO, India
  43. Commentary: Negotiating Freedom of Expression  -­–July 22, 2015, Center for International Media Assistance, USA
  44. Analysis: Rebuilding public narratives – July 31, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  45. Review Essay: Islam and the “Cold War baroque” – August 14, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  46. Op-ed: Our culture of silence and shame – August 16, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  47. News Analysis: Be mature guys; there’s a lot at stake in India, Pak – August 23, 2015, Catch News
  48. Review Essay: The mythological life and death of Benazir Bhutto – September 19, 2015, Express Tribune
  49. Commentary: Political Princes: Struggles of Rahul Gandhi and Bilawal Bhutto –September 24, 2015, The Quint
  50. Op-ed: Democracy in recession? – September 28, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  51. Culture: Why fanatics of today would not have spared Kabir – September 29, 2015, DailyO,
  52. News Analysis: Watching Kunduz Collapse From The Sidelines – October 2, 2015, Foreign Policy
  53. Art: Pakistani Artist Animates the Times Square – Oct 7, 2015, Huffington Post
  54. Art: Grace in hand – October 9, 2015, The Friday Times, Pakistan
  55. Review Essay: Bridging the Divides: Muslims in Europe – October 9, 2015, Huffington Post
  56. Op-ed: Sticky wicket: Why cricket is a lot like the world’s oldest game – October 20, 2015, DailyO
  57. Essay: Exile for me and others – October 25, 2015, The News on Sunday
  58. Report: A Young Pakistani Physicist Who Loves Nuclear Reactors – October 26, 2015, Huffington Post
  59. Essay: Blasphemy it was not – October 30, 2015, The Friday Times
  60. Commentary: Landscape for Journalists in Pakistan – From Bad to Worse  – June 11, 2015, Center for International Media Assistance, USA
  61. Art: Diaspora art: Maximalist miniatures – November 8, 2015, DAWN, Pakistan
  62. Culture: Faiz Ahmed Faiz: A window to what could have been – November 14, 2015, Express Tribune
  63. Op-ed: Nawaz Sharif’s shift to the centre – November 22, 2015, Express Tribune
  64. Essay: Climate of Intolerance: Down the well of religious bigotry – November 23, 2015, Hard News Media
  65. Interview: ‘Blasphemy laws have become an instrument of malicious motives’ – November 27, 2015, The Friday Times
  66. Commentary: Defeating ISIS a far cry without a settlement in Syria – November 29, 2015, DailyO, India
  67. Op-ed: Global terrorism — myth and reality – December 03, 2015, Express Tribune, Pakistan
  68. Commentary: ISIS, Muslims and the West – December 9, 2015, Huffington Post
  69. Blog: Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia: The Dilemma of Secular Muslims – December 9, 2015, The Quint,
  70. Commentary: Muslim clerics must reject notions of non-Muslim inferiority, December 16, 2015, Religion News Service, USA
  71. Review Essay: Midnight’s furies – December 18, 2015, The Friday Times
  72. Commentary: In Bangladesh the term Blogger has Become a Curse  – December 21, 2015, Center for International Media Assistance, USA
  73. News Analysis: From terror to trade: Eight reasons Pakistanis now want a peace process from Modi and Sharif, December 26, 2015, Quartz
  74. Interview: How perilous is the threat to Muslims in the US? – December 26, 2015, DAWN, Pakistan