June 29, 2017

Pathankot Rumblings

Indian military trucks move to Pathankot air force station during the terrorist attack. (Photo via video stream)

A level of trust built up between India and Pakistan over past weeks cannot be allowed to be destroyed by the motivated machinations of mindless terrorists. This is a defining moment for the two countries and we cannot be held hostage to the evil designs of non-state actors. Read More »

Bangladesh Transforms Despite its Vicious Politics

Bangladesh's feuding Begums -- Khalida Zia and Prime Minister Hasina Wajid.

The past 25 years have seen astonishing and unexpected transformations in social and economic welfare. Unless something extraordinary happens, Bangladesh looks to be headed for a political transformation involving the decline of at least one political dynasty. Read More »

Voices of Sanity in India and Pakistan After Pathankot Attack

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his stopover in Lahore on March 25.

The attack on Indian air base and its consulate in northern Afghanistan have a clear message -- to derail New Delhi’s normalization process with Pakistan. But thankfully unlike in the past, the two sides, especially India, are so far playing it cool. And the media in the two countries is also advising caution and continued engagement. Read More »

Untying the Afghan Knot

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As 2016 begins, leaders in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan should bury the hatchet, give up proxy wars, and give way to confidence instead of suspicion. They must share responsibilities and together defeat the enemies of peace and progress. Read More »

Sharp Drop in Deaths from Violence in Pakistan: Report

Police investigators inspect the blast site in Mardan, a major city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Dec. 29 which left 26 people dead.

Both terrorism and militancy related fatalities declined by half: fatalities from direct militant attack dropped from 982 in 2014 to 445 in 2015 (55%) and other terrorism fatalities dropped from 516 in 2014 to 246 in 2015 (52%). But despite this decline, Pakistan must continue to combat militancy, insurgency, extremism and crime, by not only physically destroying the enemy, but targeting the radical ideology that gives birth to such activities. Read More »

Pakistan: Resolutions for 2016

2016

One of Pakistan's top defense analyst looks at the many challenges the South Asian nation faces in 2016 and what options it has to overcome them. Read More »

View from India: The Map of Neighbourly Outreach

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Lahore December 25. (Photo via PID, Pakistan)

If states have only permanent interests, then India is yet to define them. Until then, New Delhi will swing between chaotic state responses to terrorist attacks and that of dramatic bilateral summits. Read More »

‘Democratic’ Subversion of the Rule of Law!

Chief Minister of Pakistan's Sindh province, Syed Qaim Ali Shah is addressing the provincial assembly.

The tug of war between the provincial government of Sindh and federal government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the powers of Rangers is setting the stage for political turmoil in Pakistan's southern province. Read More »

Fear and Hope in Kabul

Afghan National Army Soldier Monitors Outpost in Konar Province. (Photo by DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons License)

The relentless Taliban attacks and advances in Kunduz, Helmand, Ningarhar and the suicide bombing on a Nato base near Bagram on December 21 are making majority of Afghans uncertain about the future of the current National Unity Government. Read More »

Is Pakistan safer?

Pakistan's military is carrying out an ongoing operation against Taliban fighters in the country's northwest. (Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan could be safer in 2016 and beyond only if it uses geo-economics as its survival tool, instead of making geo-strategic arguments. Read More »