June 22, 2017

Blogroll

With Comey Gone, How Can Congress Investigate Russia

New York Times reported on May 10 that James Comey was fired after he sought more resources for the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation. (Photo by Rich Girard, CC license)

Research on more than 50 government investigations reveals how partisanship can get in the way of finding answers we all agree on. Read More »

New Low in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Balochistan province was closed after the unprovoked firing by Afghan border guards. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan may not be doing enough to deny the Afghan Taliban a safe haven on its soil, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani must also appreciate the reality that trust is a two-way street. His intransigence has upset peace proponents. Read More »

View from Delhi: Towards a Unique Digital South Asian Identity

(Photo courtesy uidai.gov.in)

Executed properly, Aadhaar could become a central pillar of India’s ‘neighborhood first’ policy, writes one Indian analyst. Read More »

Multilateralism: Hostage to Geo-Politics

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a strong supporter of One Belt One Road.

Outsiders can only facilitate but find solutions to Afghanistan's internal problems. It rests in the hands of the Afghan leadership only. Upping the ante in the cover of blame-game - like the recent tensions- will neither serve Afghan peoples nor benefit the region. Read More »

Macron Beats Le Pen, But Can He Lead France?

France's President-elect Emmanuel Macron. (OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS, CC license)

Being president of France won't be easy for Emmanuel Macron. Without the support of an established political party, his legislative agenda may go nowhere fast. Read More »

Punish the Real Culprit(s)

Pakistani Prime Minister's Secretariat in Islamabad. (Wikimedia Commons)

Maryam Nawaz’s Trump-like tweets notwithstanding, the government seems to have started faltering finding scapegoats in continuing to filibuster punishing the real culprits. Read More »

Why Not Publish The JIT Report?

(Photo via Daily Times)

Hapless millions of Pakistanis do have a right to know what the joint investigation team found out and as to whether it concluded that the national security had been breached through the 'Dawn leaks'. Read More »

Why We Choose Terrible Passwords, And How to Fix Them

(Photo by Automobile Italia, CC license)

The first line of cyber defense is having a good password. What does research say about what that actually means? Read More »

Why is Venezuela Spiraling Out of Control?

Venezuela’s deep economic and social crisis shows no signs of abating. (Photo by  Rodrigo Suarez, CC license)

Opposition violence and the government’s increasing authoritarianism are both to blame. Read More »

Decriminalizing Pakistan’s Democracy

Prime Minister's secretariat in Islamabad. (Photo by Andrew Wiseman, CC license)

A distinction must be made between “preserving democracy” and saluting gangsters masquerading as “democrats” supposedly upholding the Constitution when they are actually blatantly misusing the state apparatus for themselves. Read More »