February 23, 2017

Pakistan’s Economic Hitmen

A view of Karachi port. Pakistan's exports have not grown as much as other countries in South Asia. (Photo by salis, CC license)

Is Pakistan dealing with economic hitmen who are ensnaring it in debt which can lead it to financial insolvency and eventually result in compromising its sovereignty? Read More »

What Does Trump Mean for Asia?

ASEAN nations flags. (Photo by Prachatai, CC license)

Governments in Asia and elsewhere would do well to focus actively on ways to mitigate the uncertain and potentially dangerous results of erratic or irresponsible US international behavior as early as possible, advises one analyst. Read More »

Trauma and Afghan Journalists

Image Caption: The training participants in group with trainer. (Photo via FN)

Simple bravery is not enough for journalists to cope with trauma-like situation. Training is a must and the international community must come forward to help the Afghan journalists recover from the stress they face in the line of duty. Read More »

45% Drop in Violence in Pakistan in 2016

Scene of a bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore in March 2016.

Since 2014, there has been a 66% overall reduction in violence-related fatalities in Pakistan, says Islamabad-based think tank Center for Research & Security Studies in its annual report. Read More »

Geo-politics and Afghanistan

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Is South Asia witnessing the beginning of a new geo-political game between two obvious blocs (Indo-Afghan-USA and Moscow-Beijing-Pakistan-Iran) divided by conflicting views on sources of terrorism and shared interests in regional peace and development? Read More »

How Will Pakistan Fare in 2017?

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Poverty in Pakistan is, in fact, rising, despite all claims by the government and multilateral institutes about economic progress and growth. 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 »

Afghanistan’s Coming Water Crisis

River Kabul passing through the Afghan capital. (Photo by koldo, Creative Commons License)

Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan’s water infrastructure in a mess, and as refugees return to the country the prospect of water-related conflicts rises. Read More »

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

Hillary Clinton is being seen by many as a foreign policy hawk. (Photo via video stream)

After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era. Read More »

‘Bandh’ Politics

Protesters burn tires in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, during an anti-government protest. (Photo via video stream)

While military intervention may be the solution of last resort, martial law is really no solution. With Pakistan’s government taking measures indirectly helping opposition leader Imran Khan becoming successful bringing Islamabad to a total standstill, the economy will take a significant hit. Read More »