June 24, 2017

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View from Africa: Trump’s Very Own Russiagate in the Making

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Photo by PROGage Skidmore, CC License)

A look at the still-evolving scandal that is consuming all the oxygen in President Trump’s White House: the many threads of his administration’s politically potent tie-up with the Russians. Read More »

General Raheel Sharif at Davos

General (Retd) Raheel Sharif speaking at the Davos panel.

Pakistan's former army chief General Raheel Sharif was one of the most sought-after dignitary at the World Economic Forum in Davos, writes Pakistan's leading defense analyst. Read More »

Thinking Outside the European Box

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For better or worse, the refugee crisis underscores that Turkey is part of Europe. Pretending otherwise could have disastrous consequences. Read More »

Pakistan: CPEC Security Challenges

A road construction site near Balochistan's city of Turbat. (ViewsWeek photo)

Some countries consider China Pakistan Economic Corridor a strategic threat to their military and economic interests and pervasive influence in the region. Read More »

Dreamers Need Not Apply for Health Care

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Why are hundreds of thousands of young immigrants shut out of affordable health insurance? Read More »

Pakistan’s Hunger Challenge

Children are the worst hit by malnutrition and poverty. (Photo via Facebook post)

Recent studies reveal rising inflation and unemployment creating high misery for people. Fueled by these adverse reports, food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition problems had again momentarily hit national headlines, as they periodically do before being quickly displaced by political scandals.   Measuring these problems in Pakistan is made difficult by competing concepts, definitions and measurement approaches. Food security represents “regular ... Read More »

Myanmar and the ‘Ripe Moment’

Myanmar Peace Center official U Hla Maung Shwe (right) speaks with an ethnic official in Yangon on April 4. (Photo by Thiri via The Myanmar Times)

In a book called Elusive Peace that he co-wrote and edited in 1995, I William Zartman described what he called a “ripe moment” for negotiations to end an armed conflict. However, at the same time he cautioned that it is “most difficult to define and to find the appropriate moment for negotiations”.   Zartman explained that “turning points” should herald ... Read More »

A View from the India-Bangladesh Border

The Indian Border Fence along the Bangladeshi border along India's Meghalaya district. (Photo by lepetitNicolas, Creative Commons License)

On 18 December 2013, the Indian National Congress party government introduced a bill in parliament to facilitate the realization of the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh. This bill was the latest in a long series of attempts to enable the exchange of 161 enclaves — tiny pieces of Indian territory completely bounded by Bangladesh and vice-versa — by absorbing them into ... Read More »

Fighting an Invisible Enemy in DRC

FARDC commandos on patrol in Virunga National Park, Rutshuru Territory, North Kivu Province. (Photo by Guy Oliver/IRIN)

It is difficult to identify the fighters of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), one of the many armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of whose leaders played a key role in Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago. Bearing neither uniform nor insignia, they are indistinguishable from the civilian population.   The pangas (long ... Read More »

European Crisis over Ukraine and Its Impact on NATO, China

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The debate has continued over what more NATO and European Union can do to punish Russia for taking over Crimea and to stop it from going any further. History is replete with similar scenarios with one or the other European power over stretching itself based on false sense of the ground situation, while attempting to change borders and correct history. ... Read More »