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Daniel R. DePetris

Daniel R. DePetris is a graduate candidate at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His article, "A New Diplomatic Relationship," was recently published by the Northwestern Journal of International Affairs. He concentrates on terrorism and international security issues.

The Designation of the Pakistani Taliban

In light of everything that is going on between the United States and Faisal Shahzad—the accused man who was charged with trying to blow up Times Square with a mishmash of wires and fertilizer—it should come as no surprise why the Obama administration is lobbying Congress to name the Pakistani Taliban (the Tehrik i-Taliban Pakistan is its formal name) as an official “foreign terrorist organization.”

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