January 16, 2018

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Floods Catch Bangladesh Unprepared

Bangladesh, lauded for disaster preparedness, reels as dozens of deaths occur in “non-flood prone” areas. Read More »

View from India: The Doklam Test

China has been assiduously working to encircle India both on land and sea, with the eventual aim of capturing markets and relegating India to a secondary position, says one former general of Indian Army. Read More »

South Africa: Water is Scarce, But Solutions Can Be Found

South Africa can look to the arid Israeli model for its water solutions. Read More »

Is India’s IT Sector Malfunctioning?

India needs huge numbers of new jobs, and IT companies did once create relatively high-quality, stable and formal jobs in India. Lately, that engine of job growth has faltered, with forced attrition becoming the buzzword among IT employees. Against adverse business conditions, Indian IT companies have not been able to move up the value chain. Read More »

Afghanistan: Winning Strategy?

President Trump has embraced deeper US involvement in Afghanistan in a military campaign he once slammed as futile. Though touted as a conditions-based regional move towards a political solution, the new plan indicates little innovation. Read More »

James Mattis’ War

Donald Trump's speech on "principled realism" in Afghanistan contained few surprises. Now, under the aegis of DOD chief Mattis it is the latest stage in America’s "forever war." Read More »

Pakistan: Accountability Across the Board-II

When legislators, bureaucracy businessmen, etc are prosecuted, they do not try to disprove their guilt, their only defense is to direct public opinion by pointing fingers towards the two indispensable pillars of the State, the Judiciary and the Armed Forces.  A workable legal framework must be formulated by Parliament to remove the ambiguities and bring these into the ambit to give accountability credibility and true meaning. Read More »

Pakistan: Accountability Across the Board

In Pakistan judicial accountability has largely been limited to the subordinate judiciary. An independent and incorruptible judiciary can convincingly dispense justice and hold persons accountable only if it carries out self-accountability. Read More »

Protecting American Democracy from Hackers

If the US wants to maintain a transparent and trusted democratic process, it must urgently address the evolving threat of hackers' interference in the election process. Read More »

China Joins the Crowd in Djibouti

The multinational military activities concentrated within the relatively limited geographical confines of Djibouti could provide an environment for new forms of maritime and military cooperation. But it’s more likely that Djibouti will become a hot-bed of intrigue, espionage and counter-espionage as the separate military forces closely watch each other’s activities. Read More »