August 21, 2017

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Who’s Searching for Electric Cars?

BMW 13 electric car. (photo by Kārlis Dambrāns, CC license)

As all-electric cars come down in price, sales are expected to surge. Some analysts predict that by 2035, more than 50 percent of all vehicles sold will be all-electric. Read More »

As US Influence Wanes, Is Germany Ready to Step In?

The historic Reichstag building in Berlin which houses German Parliament. (Photo by Simon Varwell, CC License)

Can Germany expand its international influence in the wake of a partial withdrawal of the U.S. from the international stage depends on its ability to play a regionally integrating role, either at the European Union or in other multilateral fora. Read More »

Impact of US Withdrawal from Climate Treaty

(Photo by hbarrows, CC license)

It will probably be a few years before we really feel the effects of Trump’s new climate policies, so there’s also a chance we’ll have a new deal by then or a new president coming up in the near future, writes Kate Harveston . Read More »

Mr. Ghani’s Anger

President Ashraf Ghani has been frequently blaming Pakistan for his shrinking power. (Photo via US Institute of Peace)

Multiple trans-border geopolitical and internal political factors are responsible for Kabul's current political and security crisis. Pakistan needs to step up its game to counter accusations of Afghan bloodshed. Read More »

The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan

File photo of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meeting with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Islamabad in January 2016. (Photo via video stream)

The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy. Read More »

Game On

Supreme Court of Pakistan's building in Islamabad.

Pakistan's superior judiciary seems determined not to allow criminals to use the state apparatus for governance in the name of justice for their own ends. Without judicial activism accountability will become a figment of imagination and justice will become a crime! Read More »

Clouds of Third Afghan War?

Afghanistan's situation makes it much more imperative for the land-locked country's immediate neighbors to also collectively pursue peace and reconciliation. (Photo via Daily Times)

Although the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, one would only hope that Afghan leaders would put the fears of a third Afghan war to rest. But, much more than the international actors, a lot depends on the Afghan leaders to jointly work for peace. Read More »

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 »