March 30, 2017

The Hate That Divides Us

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In shock after hearing of the London attack and a Bangalore assault, Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on what could defeat hate of the ‘other’ and finally bring us together. Read More »

War in Perpetuity

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By any metric, the three-pronged American campaign in Afghanistan — nation-building, fighting against the Taliban and curbing the illicit drug commerce — has not yielded tangible results. But the amount spent on the mission is simply staggering: $1 trillion and counting. The reconciliation drive is a track that has lamentably gone cold and deserves the best possible shot, argues one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

The Deep State

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The influence of the “deep state” must be minimized, otherwise the State cannot provide services, administer justice, maintain law and order and bring about economic prosperity that our people desperately need, writes Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Bangladesh Drifting Towards Radicalization

Bandarbans is one of the regions in southeast Bangladesh which is witnessing growing extremist presence. (Photo by Samiul Huda, CC License)

The South Asian nation is witnessing increasing incidence of terrorism, with government increasingly succumbing to the growing political power of religious extremists. The IS and Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups are showing growing presence in Chittagong and other regions in southeast Bangladesh. Read More »

Why Higher Interest Rates Should Make You Happy

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While borrowers may not be thrilled by the Federal Reserve's decision to raise rates, many of us have plenty of reason to celebrate. Read More »

Victims of Narratives

Pakistan-Afghanistan border  has been frequently closed in recent months amidst heightening tensions between the two countries.

Can Pakistan and Afghanistan anchor their relations in the international covenants guiding inter-state ties such as the requirement of visa regime as an unavoidable requirement? Read More »

Famines in the 21st Century? It’s Not for Lack of Food

A woman holding her young malnourished baby queues for food at the Badbado camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs).   (UN Photo/Stuart Price, CC License)

Famines result from cumulative processes we can observe and predict. That means we can prevent them through timely public action. Read More »

Afghanistan-Pakistan Treaty on the Kabul River Basin?

The Kabul river flowing past Jalalabad. (image by Peretz Partensky, via thethirdpole.net)

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan would benefit from a treaty to manage the Kabul river basin, but deep mistrust, scaremongering, and a lack of preparation is damaging the chances. Read More »

View from India: The Road to China is Through Kabul

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New possibilities on regional cooperation are emerging, which India should not hesitate to explore. Read More »

McMaster’s Challenge

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl, CC license)

The national security advisor functions as the central processing unit for the entire U.S. national security system, and the system needs a reboot. Read More »