August 21, 2017


Why Saudis Are Not in Harmony With US Over Egypt?

On June 24, 2012, tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to celebrate the victory of  Mohamed Morsi. Egypt under Morsi had an unstable relationship with Saudi Arabia.  (Photo by by Jonathan Rashad, Creative Commons License)

In a fractious, rife-with-conflicts Middle East, nothing is spared; worship houses are attacked and sport clubs, schools and markets have become unsafe with continued upticks in violence. Now, attention is focused on the Syrian dilemma, which has been colored in a sectarian hue: Sunni-Shiite/Alawi conflict. Another invisible fray is also taking place in that region, but it is so very ... Read More »

China and Latin America: Connected and Competing

China’s growing demand for South America’s leading exports – copper, iron ore, oil and soybeans – has had an undeniably positive impact on the region’s export growth. (Photo by Darren B. Hillman, Creative Commons License)

The Global Rise of China The rise of China has stolen more headlines than any other global issue these days, stirring up questions about what China’s growing prominence really means, and how – more than why – it affects the world. While the rise of previous global powers took decades, if not centuries, China’s rise has been spectacularly fast and ... Read More »

Nobel Peace Prize Choice is Off The Mark

Malala Yousafzai World Bank photo

The Nobel Peace committee has failed to read the legend of Malala Yousafzai for what it’s worth. While it would be well-nigh impossible to fully configure her potential, the nearest anyone came to immortalizing her universal avatar was a banner in Nepal that read: “Every child’s sister, every parent’s daughter”. While this may be an emotional call even if well ... Read More »

India’s Central Asia Ambitions Outfoxed by China and Russia

Central Asia oil nd gas  USED

At present, Moscow has essentially shut India out from Kyrgyzstan after sending the first installments of a new US$1 billion military aid package to the country. This follows the strategic setback that India suffered in 2010 when it lost use of the Tajikistan Ayni airbase to Russia. And in the two larger, energy-rich nations of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, New Delhi ... Read More »

Will Africa Leave the World Bank Behind?

April 16, 2013 - Washington DC., In and around World Bank headquarters prior to the official start of the 2013 World Bank:IMF Spring Meetings. (Photo- Simone D. McCourte, World Bank)

Governments across the continent are looking for new development models after the policies of privatization and liberalization seem to have run their course. The arrival of Jim Yong Kim as president of the World Bank bearing promises of a cultural revolution comes at a critical time for Africa’s prospects. Africa is now the world’s fastest-growing continent, but questions about policy ... Read More »

What Will Ukraine Gain from Farm Deal with China?

Ukraine used to be the bread basket of former Soviet Union. (Photo by Brian Woychuk, Creative Commons License)

A deal signed between Ukrainian and Chinese authorities last month may impact up to 3 million hectares of prime farmland in eastern Ukraine, a space roughly the size of Belgium. China, the world’s most populous country, with over 1.35 billion inhabitants, consumes 20% of the world’s food supply, but constitutes only 9% of the world’s farmland. As the country quickly ... Read More »

Neo-liberalism and Militancy in AfPak

Masked terrorists of Pakistani Taliban.

In Pakistan, over 24,000 containers carrying arms for NATO/ISAF forces in Afghanistan have been allegedly missing for the last four years or so, but the Coalition authorities are silent. From retired Pakistani army generals to serving bureaucrats and from politicians to the Taliban, beneficiaries of the scandal belong to powerful institutions. This seems the reason behind Pakistani media’s reluctance to ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Fading General

Pakistan's retiring army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani

The careers of our senior military hierarchy, a confidential prerogative of the military secretary’s branch of the GHQ (Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters), are being openly (and irresponsibly) discussed in the media, thanks to the indecisiveness of the present regime in making critical appointments. Not good for the country, let alone the armed forces! The army’s bad image not only had ... Read More »

In Chaotic Hyperbole, Truth Loses in Pakistan-India Relations

Leepa Karnah Valley. The Line of Control (the disputed border between India and Pakistan) passes through the middle of the valley. (Photo by Umair Shafiq)

It was making a mountain out of a molehill. Both the (Indian) Army and the media were complicit in this: One deliberately and the other out of ignorance. The recent anti-infiltration operations in Keran sector which were declared over after two weeks on October 8 by the Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, in Delhi and the Northern Army ... Read More »

How Racism Caused The US Government Shutdown

Protesters outside the Fox News / Newscorp Building in Manhattan. (Photo by Chris Goldberg, Creative Commons License)

This isn’t an article about how Republicans shut down the government because they hate that the President is black. This is an article about how racism caused the government to shut down and the U.S. to teeter on the brink of an unprecedented and catastrophic default. I understand if you’re confused. A lot of people think the only way that ... Read More »