Part of South Asia, Pakistan is generally considered to be geographically outside what is known as the Middle East. However, it still has strong ties and shares common challenges with the region. The country is also frequently subject to terrorist attacks which rarely make the headlines in news reports. This brief guide looks at the […]

The Taliban, a powerful Islamist political movement, has been active in Afghanistan since the 1990s. They were able to wrest control of the country and impose several years of strict, fundamentalist rule for several years. Among other measures, they forbade girls from attending school and women from working outside of the house; banned music and […]