February 23, 2017

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Pak-Afghan Stand-off: The Way Forward

Pakistan-Afghanistan border gate at Torkham.

Pakistan and Afghanistan must shun the past baggage and move on for a sincere, substantial dialogue to ease human suffering and normalize relations. Read More »

Coordination Not Confrontation

The nexus between corruption, organized crime and terrorism, seen at its worst in Karachi, widens the gap between civilian rulers and the military. (Photo by  Wasif Malik)

Howsoever weak and imperfect democracy might be, with the military simply not interested in taking over, democracy it is here to stay in Pakistan, argues defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Will Change in Medicaid Funding Work?

(Photo by rochelle hartman, CC license)

President Trump has proposed a major funding shift for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that pays for health care for about 75 million poor people. Would the safety net fray if he did so? Read More »

Pakistan’s Economic Hitmen

A view of Karachi port. Pakistan's exports have not grown as much as other countries in South Asia. (Photo by salis, CC license)

Is Pakistan dealing with economic hitmen who are ensnaring it in debt which can lead it to financial insolvency and eventually result in compromising its sovereignty? Read More »

Duty to One’s Country

The Supreme Court of Pakistan's building in Islamabad where Panamagate hearing is being held. (Photo by Aamer Ahmed, CC license)

Pakistani Supreme Court’s moral and ethical obligation to the downtrodden and poverty stricken citizens must ensure that country’s leaders are morally and ethically qualified to govern. Read More »

The Davos Challenge

(Photo by Robert Scoble, CC license)

With the world becoming so fluid and changeable, leaders will have to share real-time insights and innovations on how to best navigate the future and inter-act positively on a plethora of issues. Read More »

Trump’s Immigration Order is Bad Foreign Policy

Protesters at the JFK Airport in New York on January 27. (Photo via video stream)

This isn't the first time the US has banned people based on nationality. History shows these exclusions have put our national security at risk and caused rifts with foreign allies. Read More »

View from India: Getting Ties with UAE on Track

Relations between India and UAE have improved dramatically during the past few years. (Photo via video stream)

Strong words are no substitute for action, however, and the strategic partnership that India envisions with the UAE must be based on clarity and concrete measures, says one Indian analyst. Read More »

What Does Trump Mean for Asia?

ASEAN nations flags. (Photo by Prachatai, CC license)

Governments in Asia and elsewhere would do well to focus actively on ways to mitigate the uncertain and potentially dangerous results of erratic or irresponsible US international behavior as early as possible, advises one analyst. Read More »

Riyadh Presses Pakistan on Sharif, Keeping Iran Out of CPEC

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al Zahrani meeting Pakistan's army chief General Asif Qamar Bajwa. (Courtesy ISPR)

Saudi diplomacy is reportedly at work to rescue Nawaz Sharif's embattled government once again and at the same time pushing Pakistan's military to speed up transition of General Raheel Sharif to head the 34-nation yet-tobe-formalized miltary alliance of Muslim majority countries. Read More »