November 25, 2017

World’s Eyes on Asian Summits

The East Asian region faces a range of crucial political and security challenges. But zero-sum security relationships can be nested within positive-sum economic relationships in the region. Read More »

Economics Key to US Relevance in Southeast Asia

As China grows increasingly able to weaponize its financial clout for security purposes, failure on the part of the US to craft a comprehensive economic response undermines the autonomy of Southeast Asian countries and diminishes US influence. Read More »

Water Levels in Jhelum Lowest Ever Recorded

With no rains in October so far, and limited rainfall in September, more than half a million people in three districts of Kashmir have been affected. Read More »

Invigorating Economy

ECO must strengthen relations with regional blocs such as EU and ASEAN, gaining knowledge and know-how from their experiences. ECO summits must be held on either an annual basis or once every two years rather than five. Read More »

Asia And The Threat to Global Economic Security

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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 »