December 10, 2017


A Season of Loss in Kashmir

Why is it that the deaths in Kashmir, and the blinding of more than 100 people are never referred to in the media or in drawing rooms as the death and injury of Indians? Read More »

Fethullah Gülen: Public Intellectual or Public Enemy?

It may sound farfetched that a scholar living in Pennsylvania planned the overthrow of the Turkish government. But Turkey is demanding the U.S. extradite the Hizmet leader. Read More »

Political Cry Wolf

With the present nexus between corruption and organized crime morphing into financial and logistics support for terrorism in Pakistan, politicians who “cry wolf” about support from hidden hands this time around may make it a self-fulfilling (and not-so-hidden) prophecy. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Ties: Can CPEC be a CBM?

It appears that a lack of conversation has led to Afghan misgivings on the CPEC. Pakistan probably should have been formally more articulate about how it wanted to help extend the CPEC to Central Asia via Afghanistan. Despite statistically proven marked progress against non-state actors of all hues, Pakistan has yet to prove much more. Read More »

Climate Change Blamed for Pakistan’s Cotton Crop Failure

Erratic weather and over-reliance on GM seeds has resulted in a catastrophic year for the country’s cotton farmers, with worse set to come. Read More »

Next Steps in Libya

Economic and government stabilization in the face of political and security challenges. Read More »

Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir

India cannot claim to be “the biggest democracy in the world” while refusing to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir. If Scotland, Catalonia, and Crimea can vote to decide their own futures, so should Kashmir. Read More »

Will Pakistanis Resist a Coup the Turkish Way?

Pakistan’s ruling elite fantasizes that Pakistani public, like in Turkey, will flood the streets in case of a military coup. But can the political realities of the two countries be really compared? Read More »

An Open Letter to Pakistan’s Interior Minister

Why should citizens feel safe if state agencies don’t adhere to the rule of law, particularly when their functionaries assume the role of robber barons and ask for a price? Read More »

Trump’s Candidacy Real Test of American Democracy

Trump's ascendance as Republican nominee has brought American democracy at a crossroads where only American voters can save it from a total disaster. Read More »