April 24, 2017

Blogroll

Republicans Fumble ACA Repeal: Expert Reaction

Speaker Paul Ryan informed President Trump that he could not get the American Health Care Act in the House. (Photo by Gage Skidmore CC license)

Trump cuts bait, Ryan loses his nerve – and the Obamacare repeal goes down without a vote. What's next for Congress and the GOP? Read More »

View from India: Way to Get Back on Board

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the Press Briefing with President Xi Jinping of China. (Flickr/Narendra Modi, CC license)

It may need both diplomacy and a push from Afghanistan and Central Asia to once again align the lines between India and China, if New Delhi and Beijing wish to ensure that the success they shared via the old Silk Route is given another chance. Read More »

Saudi Arabia the Next stop on China’s Maritime Silk Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz ahead of their meeting in Beijing on March 17, 2017. (Photo via video stream)

The growing partnership between China and Saudi Arabia signals a consequential shift in the Middle East–Asia security architecture and will be an increasingly important space to watch. Read More »

Bangladesh: ‘Suicidal Deals with India Unacceptable’

File photo of a meeting between Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New York on September 24, 2015. (Photo via video stream)

The approaching visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in April 7-10 to India, the worries are more in Bangladesh, the apprehension that she might be intimidated to give in to India’s interest at the cost of that of Bangladesh. Read More »

Flowing in the Right Direction

Water is fast becoming a scarce resource. (Photo by Syed Zakir Hossain)

Bangladesh has achieved significant development in terms of water security, but it has a lot more to do. Read More »

War in Perpetuity

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By any metric, the three-pronged American campaign in Afghanistan — nation-building, fighting against the Taliban and curbing the illicit drug commerce — has not yielded tangible results. But the amount spent on the mission is simply staggering: $1 trillion and counting. The reconciliation drive is a track that has lamentably gone cold and deserves the best possible shot, argues one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

The Deep State

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The influence of the “deep state” must be minimized, otherwise the State cannot provide services, administer justice, maintain law and order and bring about economic prosperity that our people desperately need, writes Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Bangladesh Drifting Towards Radicalization

Bandarbans is one of the regions in southeast Bangladesh which is witnessing growing extremist presence. (Photo by Samiul Huda, CC License)

The South Asian nation is witnessing increasing incidence of terrorism, with government increasingly succumbing to the growing political power of religious extremists. The IS and Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups are showing growing presence in Chittagong and other regions in southeast Bangladesh. Read More »

Why Higher Interest Rates Should Make You Happy

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While borrowers may not be thrilled by the Federal Reserve's decision to raise rates, many of us have plenty of reason to celebrate. Read More »

New Libyan Militia’s Oil Strike Risks Wider Conflagration

A sign on the side of the road warns of the risks of unexploded ordnances. Sirte, Libya. (File photo European Commission DG ECHO, CC License)

Libyan factions are once again fighting for control of key oil installations in the Gulf of Sirte’s “oil crescent”. The latest offensive risks reducing Libya’s oil production and is undermining efforts to broker a peace deal. In this Q&A Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst for Libya, assesses the fallout. Read More »