November 23, 2017

Blogroll

How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving As We Know It

At one point, turkey was jockeying with duck and chicken for king of the Thanksgiving table. Read More »

Jet Fuel From Sugarcane? It’s Not A Flight of Fancy

Scientists have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content and are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oil. The engineered sugarcane could become a valuable energy crop. Read More »

Catastrophic Water Shortage Endangers Pakistan’s Future

Pakistan is running out of time. To escape a dry future with disastrous consequences, it has to build new reservoirs and complete those under construction expeditiously, well before 2025 Read More »

Combating The Enemy in Balochistan

The Balochistan situation requires a smart strategic communications strategy, accompanied by good governance. A big challenge is to disprove the allegations of corruption within the ranks of law enforcement agencies. Read More »

Why Russia is Back in Afghanistan

Three decades after a humiliating military defeat in Afghanistan, Russia has returned to the scene. This adds Afghanistan to a long list of hotspots – from Syria and Libya to Venezuela and Ukraine – where Moscow’s low-cost, high-impact foreign policy is challenging the West. In Afghanistan, the Kremlin is covertly supporting the Taliban and other groups, and hosting regional talks with Pakistan, Iran and China. And whereas Moscow ... Read More »

World’s Eyes on Asian Summits

The East Asian region faces a range of crucial political and security challenges. But zero-sum security relationships can be nested within positive-sum economic relationships in the region. Read More »

Combating Corruption for Good Governance

While accountability cannot happen overnight in Pakistan, things seems to be changing. The Supreme Court verdict explicitly damning former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his recurring penchant for untruths and evading facts is most refreshing. Read More »

If Asia Leads on Climate, the World Will Follow

China and South Korea could be game changers on climate — and create a more peaceful region in the process. Read More »

Four Things the Paradise Papers Tell Us About Global Elites

The Paradise Papers reveal how little the world really knows about the level of tax avoidance that takes place. Read More »

Economics Key to US Relevance in Southeast Asia

As China grows increasingly able to weaponize its financial clout for security purposes, failure on the part of the US to craft a comprehensive economic response undermines the autonomy of Southeast Asian countries and diminishes US influence. Read More »