Writings of Manan Ahmed Asif

Essays, reviews, articles written by Manan Ahmed.

Here are pdfs/links to my writings (in print) and tv/radio spots.

  • November 5, 2007. “Pakistan’s Musharraf Gets U.S. Backing for Crackdown Just Days Before Court Decision on Case Challenging His Rule“. On Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
  • December 28, 2007. Pakistan in Turmoil after Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination. On Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
  • February 19, 2008. “Pakistan: Opposition Parties Win Majority“. WBEZ Worldview with Jerome McDonald
  • June 27, 2008. “The Wahhabisation of Pakistan“, Comment is Free, The Guardian.
  • August 18, 2008. Musharraf resignation and Pakistan’s future. WBEZ Worldview with Jerome McDonald.
  • February 18, 2009. (with Sanjeev Bery)”US Policies Have Weakened Pakistani Civilian Rule” San Jose Mercury News.
  • February 16, 2009. Pakistani Goverment Agrees to Islamic Law In The Swat Valley Region. WBEZ Worldview with Jerome McDonald
  • March 30, 2009. President Obama’s speech about Afghanistan. WBEZ Worldview with Jerome McDonald
  • May 7, 2009. Manan Ahmed on the Politics of US “Hysteria” over Pakistan. On Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
  • May 8, 2009. “Legends of the Fail”, The National, UAE. PDF
  • June 12, 2009. “State of Decay,” The National, UAE. PDF
  • June 24, 2009. Violence in Pakistan, WBEZ Worldview with Jerome McDonald
  • Nov 6, 2009. “Start a War,” The National, UAE. PDF
  • Nov 9, 2009. “Paranoia over Pakistan,” The Nation. PDF
  • Dec 4, 2009. “All Round View: A review of Christopher Sandford’s Imran Khan,” The National, UAE. PDF
  • February 18, 2010. “Strict interpretations: A reply to Atiya Khan“, Platypus Review20. PDF
  • March 12, 2010. “Down to Brasstacks,” The National, UAE. PDF
  • April 16, 2010. “Ghost Wars,” The National, UAE.
  • April 25, 2010. “The Rest is History,” The Express Tribune, Pakistan. PDF
  • June 13, 2010. “House on the Hill“, The Express Tribune, Pakistan. PDF
  • July 7, 2010. “Zaid Hamid: The “Glenn Beck of Pakistan”, WBEZ Worldview with Jerome McDonald
  • July 24, 2010. “Letter from Berlin,” The Express Tribune, Pakistan.
  • September 3, 2010. “Failures of Imagination,” The National, UAE.PDF
  • September 9, 2010. “If you have understanding, then why this hubhub?“, The Express Tribune, Pakistan. PDF
  • December 17, 2010. “Recall America’s Imperial Past: A Review of Robert D. Kaplan’s Monsoon,” The National, UAE. PDF
  • February 1, 2011. “Forfeiting the Future: On Salmaan Taseer’s Death,” The Caravan India. PDF
  • March 4, 2011. “Flying Blind: US foreign policy’s lack of expertise,” The National, UAE. PDF
  • March 22, 2011. “Blind spots of history,” Pakistan Today, Pakistan. PDF
  • June 1, 2011. “Ways of Seeing,” The Caravan India. PDF
  • July 17, 2011. “A nation’s fugue state,” Dawn, Pakistan. PDF
  • August 11, 2011. “Pakistan: why the US must think outside the military box,”, The National UAE. page 1, page 2
  • August 21, 2011. “All is well…or is it?,” Dawn, Pakistan. PDF
  • October 3, 2011. “Explaining Pakistan“, WBEZ Worldview with Jerome McDonald
  • November 1, 2011. “All the Myriad Ways,” The Caravan India. PDF
  • January 15, 2012. “Postcard from Kashmir“, The Sunday Guardian. PDF
  • March 29, 2012. “A Life in Words: Memoirs by Ismat Chughtai,” Timeout Mumbai. PDF
  • June 27, 2012. “Timothy McVeigh and our ‘Buried History,’” The Margins, Asian American Writers’ Workshop. PDF
  • March 1, 2013. “How To Do Empire Right?“, The Caravan India. PDF
  • March 28, 2013. “The State Shall Remain Nameless,” The State, vol IV, Dubai, U.A.E. PDF
  • May 10, 2013. “Pakistan’s Tyrannical Majority,” The New York Times, New York, USA. PDF
  • September 27, 2013. “A Stranger on Lennox Avenue,” The New York Times, New York, USA. PDF
  • February 2014, “What is the most iconic speech given in Pakistan and why?” The Herald, Pakistan. PDF
  • July 14, 2014, “Spectators of the Orient: Kara Walker and a History of White Americans Gawking at Black and Brown Bodies,” Pacific Standard. PDF
  • January 8, 2015, “A Matriarch in Exile,” Public Books. PDF
  • July 1, 2015, “Between The Lines: Excavating the many histories of Partition,” The Caravan India. PDF
  • August, 2017, “Freeing History: How to counter colonial myths about Muslim arrival in Sindh”. Dawn Pakistan.”PDF
  • October 2018, “Rock of Faith,” Herald, Pakistan. PDF