September 21, 2017

Asia And The Threat to Global Economic Security

Port Klang is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia. (Photo by Behan, CC license)

While it is true that US engagement in Asia was never going to be secured or defined by the TPP but by broader US economic and political interests, those longstanding US interests in Asia are now also being tested by President Trump. Read More »

Is India’s IT Sector Malfunctioning?

The famous Pyramid at Infosys in Bangalore. (Photo by Kartik Malik, CC license)

India needs huge numbers of new jobs, and IT companies did once create relatively high-quality, stable and formal jobs in India. Lately, that engine of job growth has faltered, with forced attrition becoming the buzzword among IT employees. Against adverse business conditions, Indian IT companies have not been able to move up the value chain. Read More »

Getting Regional Trade Right in Central Asia

Containers at Karachi port. Sheryaar Jivani. (photo by Sheryaar Jivani, CC license)

One golden opportunity for ECO member countries to increase trade and investment is in the road and rail development projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

Pakistan’s Cotton Production to Go Up

Pakistan's cotton production is likely to go up. (Photo by Asian Development Bank, CC license)

Despite long dry spell, Pakistan is headed to mix results of its agriculture production for 2017/18. Read More »

In China and Pakistan’s Coal Romance, Where’s Love for Climate?

Work in progress in Thar coal field to reach one of the world's largest coal deposits several meters under sand and mud in Pakistan's souther Sindh province. (Photo via Thar Coal Energy Board)

Instead of seeking foreign investment to fulfill its energy needs with fossil fuels, Pakistan can ride the renewables wave, developing its workforce and technical and institutional capacity to harness solar energy. Read More »

Afghanistan-Pakistan Treaty on the Kabul River Basin?

The Kabul river flowing past Jalalabad. (image by Peretz Partensky, via thethirdpole.net)

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan would benefit from a treaty to manage the Kabul river basin, but deep mistrust, scaremongering, and a lack of preparation is damaging the chances. Read More »

Pakistan’s Coal Energy: At What Cost?

Kot Addu power plant in Muzaffargarh, Punjab, Pakistan.

The thoughtless rush for coal-fired energy by a politically motivated Pakistani ruling elite is both alarming and questionable. Read More »

How to Get Ready for the Economic Recession Coming in 2017

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The current US economic expansion is nearly the third-longest since the 1850s, making a recession likely in 2017. It's time to get ready. Read More »

How Will Pakistan Fare in 2017?

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Poverty in Pakistan is, in fact, rising, despite all claims by the government and multilateral institutes about economic progress and growth. Read More »

What Will Brexit Mean for Africa?

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Britain's decision to leave the EU will fundamentally affect Africa's relationship with UK in a way that will be damaging to all. Read More »