April 24, 2017

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Bad Goodbyes

A file photo of a truck loaded with Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan after years in exile.

Afghans have concerns over the future of refugee families and ties to Pakistan. Read More »

Farmers Start Adapting to Climate-related Risks in South Asia

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Attempts to tackle the declining production of saffron, the iconic spice of Kashmir, is symptomatic of the various agricultural adaptations that are required across south Asia to adjust to climate change. Read More »

The Missing Panama Files

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When the meaning of “democracy” becomes uninhibited, unbridled and blatant corruption, any move against the corrupt is condemned by Pakistani politicians and the vested in the media as a “threat” to “democracy”, says defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Sharbat Case: From Across Border

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Sharbat Gula’s case offers Pakistan a chance to look at thousands of similar cases to avoid further embarrassment and prevent further damage to the bilateral relations. Read More »

Can Pence Solve Trump’s Outsider Problem with Congress?

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Trump won't be the first president who's a Washington outsider. To push his agenda through congress, he'll need his establishment-friendly VP. Will Trump loosen the reins? Read More »

The Spirit, Not The Wording

The Supreme Court of Pakistan building in Islamabad, which is focus of one of Pakistan most significant legal case. (Photo by ImposterVT, Creative Commons License)

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. Read More »

Sharbat Gula: Lessons for Pakistan

President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan's first lady meet Sharbat Gula after her return to Afghanistan. (Photo via video stream)

Although Pakistan has offered 300kg wheat per head/year, in addition to the $400 per head by the UNHCR, yet stories like the one of Sharbat Gula and of maltreatment of Afghans in the past few months will resonate more with the Afghans. Read More »

Democracy There And Here?

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Pakistan’s ruling elite insists on being proven guilty in the court. But they depute government servants to service their sons and daughters in total contravention of rules. They do so because they know even the Supreme Court and NAB could take years to settle the issue. Read More »

Afghanistan’s Coming Water Crisis

River Kabul passing through the Afghan capital. (Photo by koldo, Creative Commons License)

Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan’s water infrastructure in a mess, and as refugees return to the country the prospect of water-related conflicts rises. Read More »

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

Hillary Clinton is being seen by many as a foreign policy hawk. (Photo via video stream)

After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era. Read More »