October 21, 2017

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Afghanistan: Winning Strategy?

President Trump has embraced deeper US involvement in Afghanistan in a military campaign he once slammed as futile. Though touted as a conditions-based regional move towards a political solution, the new plan indicates little innovation. Read More »

James Mattis’ War

Donald Trump's speech on "principled realism" in Afghanistan contained few surprises. Now, under the aegis of DOD chief Mattis it is the latest stage in America’s "forever war." Read More »

Pakistan: Accountability Across the Board-II

When legislators, bureaucracy businessmen, etc are prosecuted, they do not try to disprove their guilt, their only defense is to direct public opinion by pointing fingers towards the two indispensable pillars of the State, the Judiciary and the Armed Forces.  A workable legal framework must be formulated by Parliament to remove the ambiguities and bring these into the ambit to give accountability credibility and true meaning. Read More »

Pakistan: Accountability Across the Board

In Pakistan judicial accountability has largely been limited to the subordinate judiciary. An independent and incorruptible judiciary can convincingly dispense justice and hold persons accountable only if it carries out self-accountability. Read More »

Protecting American Democracy from Hackers

If the US wants to maintain a transparent and trusted democratic process, it must urgently address the evolving threat of hackers' interference in the election process. Read More »

China Joins the Crowd in Djibouti

The multinational military activities concentrated within the relatively limited geographical confines of Djibouti could provide an environment for new forms of maritime and military cooperation. But it’s more likely that Djibouti will become a hot-bed of intrigue, espionage and counter-espionage as the separate military forces closely watch each other’s activities. Read More »

The World Has Not Forgotten Kashmir

India may be trying to make the world believe that the situation in its administered part of Jammu and Kashmir is well, but the realities on the ground are changing the dynamics of the conflict as Kashmiri youth take over the reigns of 70 years old struggle for the right of self-determination. Read More »

Charlottesville Attack: Homegrown Terror on the Right on the Rise

The United States is seeing an uptick in far-right extremist violence. It's time to pay more attention to this scourge and its causes. Read More »

Pakistan Needs Whole-of-government Approach

Beijing has literally pulled Pakistan out of a generally hostile international environment through the CPEC. Read More »

McCain’s Formula for Success in Afghanistan

Senator John McCain's proposed measures as Afghan strategy can be helpful to some extent, but there is no guarantee they will turn the tide in Afghanistan. Read More »