June 22, 2017

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Keeping Politics Out of Business

People crossing over into Pakistan from Afghanistan at Chaman border.

Following into China’s footsteps, Pakistan too can chart a new path that keeps it connected with all the countries of the region, including Afghanistan even in worst political times. Kabul’s ruling elites, too, have to carefully weigh as to what security costs their narrative on Pakistan will entail in a situation marked by huge shades of grays of geo-politics. Read More »

7 Crazy Things That Will Happen As Sea Levels Rise

(Photo by Takver, CC license)

Sea levels are currently rising, and that’s not good. But what exactly is going to happen. Here are 7 crazy things. Read More »

Can India be a Game Changer in Afghanistan?

Hamid Karzai is seeking more Indian military help for the Afghan National Army. (Photo via ANA's FB page)

India can be a useful ally to the Afghan government. It cannot be a substitute for the United States. Its best chance for influencing Afghanistan’s trajectory lies in a close partnership with Washington in which the US provides the military support necessary to ensure the survival of the Afghan government and eventually brings the insurgency to the negotiating table. But in the broader picture, New Delhi’s margins of maneuver are slowly but surely diminishing. Karzai needs to take realities into account when he next makes political calculations. Read More »

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 »