August 21, 2017

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Afghanistan: A Gathering Storm

President Ashraf Ghani's growing intolerance of dissent has prompted his critics to join hands against his government.

Afghanistan’s Vice President Rashid Doctam’s wringing denunciation of the government, of which he is part and parcel, indicates the gathering political storm in Kabul. The looming crisis could pose a formidable challenge to Ashraf Ghani’s government whose constitutionality has come under a cloud. Read More »

US and Pakistan: Why Not Just Say No to CSF?

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It’s about time to act like a self-respecting and confident nation which is ready to correct its own course as well as being poised to address others’ concerns on issues such as terrorism, regional peace and cooperation, opines one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

Is the Future of Electoral Democracy Assured in Africa?

16% of Africa's land is arable, the largest share in the world. (Photo via Mo Ibrahim Foundation, CC license)

A closer look at Africa’s elected governments suggests that they are not different from autocratic regimes. The elected ruling elites rely on an intricate web of personal, family, clientelism and ethnic ties, and on the military and intelligence services to control state resources and oppress society. Read More »

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is running out of options after a scathing investigation report found him and his family on the wrong side of the law. (Photo via DFID)

Nawaz Sharif's trial is an acid test of justice, can Pakistan afford vacillation when the damning facts have been counterchecked and confirmed many times over? Having been economical with the truth, Sharif has a problem exercising his moral authority and/or credibility to govern. Read More »

How Will California Solve Its Public Health Crisis?

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While California has begun to deviate from the traditional coal-fired factories and power plants, managing methane emissions from rangelands and farms should gain a stronger focus. Read More »

Afghanistan’s Dostum Problem

Afghanistan warlord-turned politician Abdul Rashid Dostum is a controversial figure often accused of grave human rights violations. (Photo via video stream)

Whether Afghanistan's First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated. Read More »

Panamagate: Time to Face up the Reality?

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Had an issue like Panama Papers leaks confronted a leader next door in India or in Europe, he or she would have faded into history immediately. But in Pakistan, unfortunately, the ruling party is equating the inquiry into the assets of an incumbent prime minister to an attack on democracy. Read More »

Hindutva Terrorism in India

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Cow vigilantism is pre-meditated, politically motivated, and seeks to build fear in a community. That makes it terrorism. Read More »

Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?

Many believe that Gwadar Port and Chinese investment in Pakistan may have created discomfort in Iran. (Photo Umar Gondal, CC license)

At the time of the Shah, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed amicable relations, with cooperation across multiple issues. With so many points of contention emerging in recent years, it is a markedly more tense relationship today. Read More »

Trump’s Meeting With Putin Blurs US-Russia Relations

President Trump meeting his Russian counterpart in Hamburg, Germany on the sidelines of G20 summit.

A foreign policy expert takes a look at how the high-profile exchange between the U.S. and Russian leaders went down. Read More »