April 30, 2017

Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change

Pakistan’s lonely struggle against climate change impacts has gone largely unreported [Photo by Curt Carnemark / World Bank]

Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it. Read More »

View from India: Getting Ties with UAE on Track

Relations between India and UAE have improved dramatically during the past few years. (Photo via video stream)

Strong words are no substitute for action, however, and the strategic partnership that India envisions with the UAE must be based on clarity and concrete measures, says one Indian analyst. Read More »

View From Delhi: Gwadar Port and India’s Regional Policy

Chinese businesses have started using Gwader port for export of their products in recent days. (ViewsWeek photo via video stream)

Regional alignments are shifting with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran coming together. The muscular diplomacy of the Narendra Modi government erred in its overestimation of India’s South China Sea leverage. India lacked traditional influence in that region and it is not even a claimant to the territorial disputes there. Today, therefore, its Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic. Read More »

Farmers Start Adapting to Climate-related Risks in South Asia

Dried saffron safflower.

Attempts to tackle the declining production of saffron, the iconic spice of Kashmir, is symptomatic of the various agricultural adaptations that are required across south Asia to adjust to climate change. Read More »

Can Afghanistan Offer ‘Other Indus’ Option to India Against Pakistan?

The Naghlu Dam and power plant on the Kabul River generates hydropower for Kabul city in Afghanistan. (Photo: Qaseem Naimi via ICIMOD Kathmandu, Creative Commons License)

For India, the gains are many in terms of having a role in exploiting Afghanistan’s river systems entering Pakistan on its West and the East. But building these dams will be fraught with risk. Read More »

Effective Integration of Command

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif presiding over the Corp Commanders meeting in Rawalpindi. (Photo via ISPR)

Given the volatile and precarious security environment, Pakistan Army's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is militarily not an effective entity, notes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal and recommends that this status quo needs correction. Read More »

What is Important?

Indian troops near Line of Control in Indian administered Kashmir. (Photo via video stream)

The poor of South Asia need compassionate consideration by their ruling elites. Spare them arrogant brinkmanship, says one analyst. Read More »

Surgical Strikes Post-Uri?

The electric fence at the India-Pakistan border. (Photo via video stream)

If India’s belligerence continues, normalization of relations with Pakistan will remain elusive. The entire region is likely to suffer the consequences of this jingoism. Read More »

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The Karakorum glaciers [image via thethirdpole.net, courtesy earthobservatory.nasa.gov]

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

India: What it Means to be Independent

India Gate in Delhi. (Photo by Rajesh_India, Creative Commons License)

The hyper-nationalism witnessed in India in recent times is not the nationalism of its freedom struggle. It misuses nationalism, which has a positive connotation in the minds and hearts of the Indian people, to polarize, to divide, and to suppress individual freedoms. Read More »