December 10, 2017

Pakistan: The ‘Kakar Model’

While Martial Law will certainly derail democracy and is not the answer to accountability “across the board”, is the “Kakar Model”, a Martial Law for a limited period without being a Martial Law, the answer for Pakistan? Read More »

Pakistan: A Complete Encirclement?

Can an apologetic policy towards the Afghan Taliban really help Pakistan end its global isolation and put it on the path to development? Read More »

Corruption, Terrorism and Accountability

The Panama Papers are just one symptom of a deeper malaise. This is wherePakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif need to intervene if they mean good for Pakistan. Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Delicate Balancing Act

Sri Lanka’s position is indicative of an emerging new Indo-Pacific order, where regional countries seek to remain strategically neutral while selectively engaging with the major powers in order to serve their own interests. Read More »

Pakistan: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Facing revelations of money-laundering that have not as yet been credibly explained, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is “prima facie” guilty until proven innocent. He must do the right thing while he can, tomorrow might be too late. Read More »

Tough Time Ahead for Bhutan’s Hydropower

Flash floods, sediment deposits and low river levels could make trouble for the Himalayan country’s dam plans – the bedrock of its green economy. Read More »

‘Panamanian’ Epidemic

With the camouflage of democracy being openly used to deliberately criminalize society, should one blindly but selectively adhere to the “Constitution” in which corruption does not matter, asks one Pakistani analyst about the emerging political crisis in the South Asian nation following emergence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family name in the Panama leaks. Read More »

Climate Change: Indus’ Palla Fish Spawning Grounds Vanishing

Pakistan is losing a living heritage, as climate change and dams upstream have led to lack of enough water in the Indus for the famous Palla fish to swim upstream and spawn. Read More »

Pakistan: Targeting Illegal Money

Those having the power in Pakistan to correct things must not sit on the Constitutional fence anymore, they either face up to their moral obligations or gracefully give way to others who can. Read More »

CPEC: Paradoxical Approaches

Are Pakistanis taking a whole-of-government approach to coordinate counterterrorism and counter-radicalization strategies? Actions under the National Action Plan and its anti-terrorism operation are impressive, but where is the long-term strategy to replace hard power with the soft power of the state? Read More »