Ron Moreau

Stories by Ron Moreau

  • Jeffrey J. Schloesser: Rebel Quell

    The Taliban replaces the leadership that is captured or killed with new leaders who quickly re-establish the network.
  • Interview: Pakistan’s New PM

    In an exclusive interview, Pakistan's new prime minister spells out his plans for fighting terrorism and stabilizing his volatile country.
  • New Target: An Old Dam

    In many ways, The Kajaki Dam is a symbol of Afghanistan's troubled history. Built by the United States in the 1950s, it fell into disrepair under the Taliban. Now the United States is trying to rebuild the hydroelectric facility to win hearts and minds in the Helmand River valley. If the effort succeeds, the dam will be the country's largest power source.Of course, it's not going to be that easy. Analysts expect a summer surge from the Taliban, and the dam is an enticing target. Insurgents approach it by infiltrating nearby villages while warning local men not to work there under penalty of death. U.S. officials are optimistic that once the dam's three power plants come on line, the surge of electricity and irrigation will help win over residents to the government's side. But "we are anticipating a very busy summer," says British Maj. Mike Shervington, who commands the dam's main security force.It's an open question, though, whether the Taliban can keep up the pace of its recent...
  • Afghanistan: New Taliban Tactics

    Coalition attacks have forced the Taliban to change its tactics in Afghanistan. Leaders of the fundamentalist movement say it's going to get more deadly.
  • Pakistan: PM Takes on Musharraf

    Within hours of his election, Pakistan's new prime minister has set his government on a collision course with Musharraf.
  • Candidate Chosen for Pakistan PM

    The governing coalition has chosen a candidate for prime minister, just days after electing the first woman speaker of the lower house of parliament.
  • ‘We Will Work Together’

    Musharraf's political opponents join forces against him. What it means for him—and the U.S. war on terror.
  • The End of Musharraf?

    After humiliating election results, the U.S. ally may wield little power in Pakistan.
  • Pakistan Heads to the Polls

    Low voter turnout, anti-government sentiment mark referendum on Musharraf's presidency
  • Pakistan Insists Nukes Are Safe

    Despite growing concerns around the world, the director of the Pakistani nuclear program insists the weapons are secure.
  • Can Musharraf Survive?

    Benazir Bhutto's assassination has diminished the Pakistani president's already low public standing. How her death could lead to his political demise.
  • Bhutto, Sharif Team Up

    Pakistan's leading opposition leaders have united (sort of) against President Pervez Musharraf. But their impact will probably be minimal.
  • Pakistan: Musharraf’s Promises

    Musharraf has begun his second term as Pakistan's president with a pledge to lift the emergency. Why that's left him politically weakened.
  • Sharif Returns to Pakistan

    But can he roar? Exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan, pledging to restore democracy.
  • ‘It’s Just The Beginning’

    Imran Khan, 55, the Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician, hardly looked like a hunted man. It had been 11 days since police burst into his home, the day after President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule. He had eluded capture by moving daily and avoiding his cell phone. He spent that time meeting quietly with members of his small Movement for Justice Party until just after an exclusive interview with NEWSWEEK's Ron Moreau, when he was arrested at Lahore's Punjab University following an encounter with Islamist students. ...
  • Pakistan: Imran Khan Speaks Out

    In an exclusive interview with NEWSWEEK shortly before Pakistani police caught up with him, Imran Khan discusses the emergency, his plans to mobilize students and how the nation feels about Musharraf.
  • Pakistan: Bhutto Boosts Opposition

    As the Bhutto-Musharraf standoff continues, the former prime minister's uncompromising stand has heartened a beleaguered Pakistani opposition.
  • Pakistan: Bhutto Fights Back

    Unexpectedly, the Pakistan opposition leader is throwing down the gauntlet to Musharraf. Can she stay the course?
  • Pakistan: Crackdown Continues

    Musharraf's emergency arrests are targeting lawyers and judges. But is the military really willing to face down middle-class protesters on the streets?
  • Where the Jihad Lives Now

    Islamic militants have spread beyond their tribal bases, and have the run of an unstable, nuclear-armed nation.
  • New Details in Bhutto Bombing

    Charged with investigating the deadly suicide attack against Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's interior minister says he see no evidence of government involvement, and insists the country is fighting hard against militants. 
  • The Next Musharraf

    A Westernized, chain-smoking spy could soon become the most powerful man in Pakistan.
  • The Last Word: Aitzaz Ahsan

    Pakistani lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan, 62, scored what he calls "the greatest victory of my life" when he successfully defended the Supreme Court's Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and won his reinstatement in July after President Pervez Musharraf had summarily dismissed him four months earlier. Ahsan, a former Interior minister under Benazir Bhutto and a stalwart of her Pakistan People's Party, also engineered the popular campaign in support of Chaudhry—which has developed into an anti-Musharraf movement—personally chauffeuring Chaudhry in popular processions across the country. Although he has recused himself from arguing cases before Chaudhry, he will present an opinion to the Supreme Court this week when it takes up petitions challenging the legality of Musharraf's election to another five-year term as president. In his book-lined law office in Islamabad, Ahsan spoke with NEWSWEEK's Ron Moreau about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's deportation, the upcoming court cases and...
  • Sharif Returns From Exile

    In 1999, during his scandal-plagued second term as prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tried to sack his Army chief, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Instead, Musharraf had Sharif arrested, allowing him to leave the country only on the condition that he not set foot in Pakistan for 10 years. Sharif has unilaterally moved up his return date to this week, and he hopes to capitalize on dissatisfaction with Musharraf and another former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, who has been seeking to work out a power-sharing arrangement with the president. Sharif spoke to Ron Moreau: ...