November 25, 2017

The Long, Troubled History of UN Peacekeeping in Africa

On September 18, 2017 UN Secretary General António Guterres said that sexual exploitation and abuse must end. Guterres spoke of the need for the UN to lead the way in eliminating the use of power and authority to engage in sexual exploitation. Speaking specifically of the UN, the secretary general acknowledged that both civilians and uniformed personnel of the UN had perpetrated ... Read More »

Book Review: The Honest Season by Kota Neelima

‘The Honest Season’ audaciously reveals the inner political-power dynamics taking place behind the closed doors of Indian Parliament, exposing the nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen, that are slowly eating away the palpable pillars of Indian democracy. Read More »

India: A Few Reasons to Revisit the Book

Pakistan's former foreign minister says he is at a loss to understand why he did not have an opportunity of interacting with M.K. Narayanan when the latter was India's National Security Adviser. Read More »

Book Review: Cheegha — A Call from Waziristan

A fascinating account of life in one of the most turbulent regions of the world. Cheegha unlocks the many mysteries about North Waziristan and challenges the many perceptions about its people, culture, traditions and code of life. Read More »

Book Review: Beyond Fracking Revolution

A new book evaluates whether natural gas is a 'transitional fuel' to a low-carbon future—or perhaps, more like a methadone addiction that's tearing apart rural communities. Read More »

Book Review: Reporting Under Threat

According to Pakistani media organizations, over 100 journalists and media workers have been killed and more than 2,000 injured in the country since 2000. Reporting Under Threat highlights the dangerous conditions in which journalists operate in the South asian country and documents first-person testimonials of 57 media personnel from all over Pakistan and one from Afghanistan. Read More »

Book Review: Who Foiled a Deal on Siachen?

A new book reveals that while Manmohan Singh wanted to find a solution to India’s dispute with Pakistan over Siachen glacier, opposition from his army chief and senior colleagues, scuttled any prospects for this. The army chief General JJ Singh, acted in a duplicitous way. In close-door briefings, the General would say that a deal with Pakistan was doable, but in public he would back A.K. Antony when the defense minister chose not to back the PM. Read More »

Book Review: The Pashtun Question

  As the government in Pakistan completes its first year in office, the Afghans move to the second round of their presidential elections and the US and NATO forces potentially pack their bags, a brilliant Pashtun journalist has released a book that not only raises the Pashtun question but also pledges to provide the key answers, if not the key, ... Read More »

Book Review: The Meat Racket

If the meat industry’s slaughter practices seem brutal to you, check out the economics. Capital requirements are daunting: the industry needs vast, well-vented feeding barns, high-tech slaughter facilities, fleets of trucks equipped with energy-sucking coolers. Demand fluctuates, ramping up production in good times and leaving producers holding unwanted livestock (or meat) in bad. And our meatpackers are caught in a ... Read More »

Lifting Asia Out of Poverty

Developing-Asia’s impressive growth continues but faces a new challenge — inequality is on the rise. Over the last few decades, the region has lifted people out of poverty at an unprecedented rate. But more recent experience contrasts with the ‘growth with equity’ story that characterized the newly industrialized economies’ transformation in the 1960s and 1970s.   Treating developing Asia as ... Read More »