September 19, 2017

View from Bangladesh: No Military Pact With India

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid during a meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

A military alliance with India in the context of current geopolitical alignment would be a disaster and will carry the potential of Bangladesh becoming a victim of ‘crossfire’ in the current big-power rivalries, argues one Bangladeshi analyst. Read More »

Pakistan Ranked Happiest Country in South Asia

Vista of the Tirich Mir Mountain across the Chitral valley. (Photo by zerega, CC License)

Pakistan is ranked as the happiest country in South Asia. Israel in Middle East, Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Costa Rica in Central and South America and Algeria in Africa are ranked happiest countries in their respective regions in the 2017 World Happiness Report. Read More »

View from India: Way to Get Back on Board

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the Press Briefing with President Xi Jinping of China. (Flickr/Narendra Modi, CC license)

It may need both diplomacy and a push from Afghanistan and Central Asia to once again align the lines between India and China, if New Delhi and Beijing wish to ensure that the success they shared via the old Silk Route is given another chance. Read More »

Bangladesh: ‘Suicidal Deals with India Unacceptable’

File photo of a meeting between Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New York on September 24, 2015. (Photo via video stream)

The approaching visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in April 7-10 to India, the worries are more in Bangladesh, the apprehension that she might be intimidated to give in to India’s interest at the cost of that of Bangladesh. Read More »

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 »