March 23, 2017

Blogroll

Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change

Pakistan’s lonely struggle against climate change impacts has gone largely unreported [Photo by Curt Carnemark / World Bank]

Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it. Read More »

Bangladesh: An African Path to Prosperity?

An evening in Dhaka Bangladesh. (Photo by mariusz kluzniak, CC License)

Whether Bangladesh succeeds in meeting its challenges will depend on its ability to improve its infrastructure and tax collection, its willingness to deal with governance and corruption, and to deepen economic inclusion. Few would, on the record of the last 20 years, bet against it. Read More »

Victims of Narratives

Pakistan-Afghanistan border  has been frequently closed in recent months amidst heightening tensions between the two countries.

Can Pakistan and Afghanistan anchor their relations in the international covenants guiding inter-state ties such as the requirement of visa regime as an unavoidable requirement? Read More »

Famines in the 21st Century? It’s Not for Lack of Food

A woman holding her young malnourished baby queues for food at the Badbado camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs).   (UN Photo/Stuart Price, CC License)

Famines result from cumulative processes we can observe and predict. That means we can prevent them through timely public action. Read More »

ECO Gamechanger

Group photo of ECO leaders at its summit meeting in Islamabad on March 1, 2017. (Photo via ECO)

With both China and Russia having vital stakes in the region, ECO has the potential of developing into a powerful political alliance. Read More »

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Only Weakens the U.S.

Participants of a pro-Muslim rally in New York. (Photo by Saleem Ahmad Malik)

The White House's new Muslim ban does nothing to protect us. Rather than pursuing a global, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim agenda policy that harms the United States’ reputation at home and abroad, the White House would be better served by recognizing the many contributions of immigrants to both our economy and our communities. Read More »

A Look at the House Health Care Plan

The new plan would allow the insurance companies to charge 30 percent more to a customer who wants to sign up for health care if that person does not have current coverage.  (VW photo)

The House Republican plan to replace Obamacare is consistent with many proposals that candidate Trump and others espoused. Yet key parts of it could favor the rich and hurt the poor and the aging. Read More »

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Still Faces Legal Challenges

New York's JFK Airport was scene of spontaneous protests after President Trump's first immigration order on jan 27th. (Photo by ViewsWeek)

The revised ban allows entry to citizens of Iraq, but continues to block citizens of six other Muslim majority nations. Read More »

Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Blockade

Lines of trucks stranded at Torkham border crossing on Pakistani side of its border with Afghanistan.

Will Islamabad see the patent reality that the road to Central Asia lies through Afghanistan? Read More »

Afghanistan-Pakistan Treaty on the Kabul River Basin?

The Kabul river flowing past Jalalabad. (image by Peretz Partensky, via thethirdpole.net)

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan would benefit from a treaty to manage the Kabul river basin, but deep mistrust, scaremongering, and a lack of preparation is damaging the chances. Read More »