November 23, 2017

Doomsday Politics

Can parliament pass laws that protect the corrupt from facing accountability? Tailored to “democratic” whims for a cover up of corruption, passing Nawaz Sharif-specific amendment may or may not be contempt of court, it shows utter contempt for the people of Pakistan. Read More »

Preparing for the Expected in Nepal

Natural disasters strike randomly, they do not choose a country. The issue then is how you prepare for these disasters in countries like Nepal where resources are not properly deployed towards initial preparedness that could help in the actual relief efforts. Read More »

Faking The News to Win

Post-truth “alternative facts” and lies can have a destabilizing effect on domestic and international politics. With literacy rate low people in South Asia are particularly vulnerable, they tend to easily believe what they see and hear. Read More »

Climate Change And A Dry Kabul Wetland

The degraded condition of Kabul’s largest wetland area, and its declaration as a heritage site, are emblematic of Afghanistan’s challenges and efforts to save its water resources. Read More »

Interplay Between Economy And Security

Pakistan’s economy faces fundamental challenges to sustain its economic growth and hence economic security. With falling domestic and foreign investments, the current policy of consumption-led growth is threatening even to maintain the present low economic growth. Read More »

The Leverage Factor in US-Pakistan Relations

The Trump administration will struggle to put the squeeze on Pakistan, no matter how tight its grip. Read More »

Afghan Conflict Needs Closure

India is trying to pin Pakistan down in domestic conflicts, as it expands its influence through trade with Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world. Read More »

Pakistan: From ‘Do More’ to ‘No More’?

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi talks tough on his country's difficult relations with the US, Afghanistan and India. Read More »

Thoughts on Trump’s Afghan Strategy

If President Trump’s new strategy and the reaction it has received from the current and former US officials and commentators around the world is any evidence, the chances of its success seems pretty low. Read More »

India Changes Tack on Rohingya

India was silent on the plight of the Rohingya since Hindutva project architects did not want to include the Muslim. But in the end, the gravity of the tragedy forced it to express concern. Read More »