May 27, 2017

Blogroll

Naked Ambition

Indian army soldiers during a military exercise.

Acute disappointment aside Pakistan has no choice but to combat India's hybrid war which has intensified after Modi’s coming to power, notes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Relations: Detente?

President Ashraf Ghani's latest statements about Afghanistan may be a good omen for his country's frost relations with Pakistan. (Photo by Fardin Waezi / UNAMA, CC license)

President Ghani's "less hostile and diagnostic" tone on the disadvantages of an "isolated Pakistan" to Afghanistan reflects the realization that such attempts will only precipitate Kabul's fragility and insecurity. Read More »

Beyond Internationalizing Jadhav’s Case

International Court of Justice judges listen to arguments from Pakistani and Indian attorneys at the Jhadev hearing. (Photo via video stream)

India challenge by going to the ICJ inadvertently gives Pakistan a unique opportunity of not only internationalizing the Jadhav affair but more importantly opens the door for exposing the murderous violation of human rights in Kashmir, writes senior defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

China’s Belt And Road Initiative Still Pushing Coal

Construction crew at Sahiwal coal power plant in Pakistan's Punjab province.

China’s involvement in coal power projects abroad casts a shadow over its first Belt and Road Forum, writes Feng Hao. Read More »

View from Delhi: Mixed Signals from Canada

Some indian analysts accuses Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan of being affiliated with pro-Khalistan groups.  (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, via Jim Mattis, CC license)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s presence at a Khalsa Day event raises troubling questions, writes one Indian analyst. Read More »

Taxation, Corruption And Development

Tax

Election-focused politicians continue to look at the current, though outdated, taxation regime as the only way to deflect tough decisions in Pakistan. For them, maintaining the balance sheet through fudged figures is the best means of survival. Read More »

Is India Restaging ‘Sikkim Saga’ in Bangladesh?

(Map via Wikimedia Commons)

Without naming India, Begum Zia said some foreign powers were trying to weaken Bangladesh that was making steady economic progress. “We liberated Bangladesh in 1971 when we were about 80 million people. Now we are about 160 to 170 million, and we are united. We don’t need assistance of anyone.”  She added, “we want to make it explicitly clear that we ... Read More »

With Comey Gone, How Can Congress Investigate Russia

New York Times reported on May 10 that James Comey was fired after he sought more resources for the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation. (Photo by Rich Girard, CC license)

Research on more than 50 government investigations reveals how partisanship can get in the way of finding answers we all agree on. Read More »

New Low in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Balochistan province was closed after the unprovoked firing by Afghan border guards. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan may not be doing enough to deny the Afghan Taliban a safe haven on its soil, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani must also appreciate the reality that trust is a two-way street. His intransigence has upset peace proponents. Read More »

View from Delhi: Towards a Unique Digital South Asian Identity

(Photo courtesy uidai.gov.in)

Executed properly, Aadhaar could become a central pillar of India’s ‘neighborhood first’ policy, writes one Indian analyst. Read More »