January 16, 2018

‘Bandh’ Politics

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 »

Total Cost of 2016 US Election May Reach $6.6b

Presidential candidates spent over $1.13 billion, compared to $913 million at this point in 2012. House candidates spent $71 million less this year, and Senate candidates spent $137 million more than this point in 2012, although that number may increase when more Senate filings are processed by the FEC. Read More »

Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

Despite President Obama's promises of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the United States is settling in for the long haul. Read More »

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

China’s Role in an Emerging Global Order

For some commentators, China’s rising international status presages the eclipse of a Western-dominated liberal order. In reality, China’s position within an emerging global order that is both inclusive and legitimate has yet to be clearly defined. Read More »

A Season of Loss in Kashmir

Why is it that the deaths in Kashmir, and the blinding of more than 100 people are never referred to in the media or in drawing rooms as the death and injury of Indians? Read More »

Fethullah Gülen: Public Intellectual or Public Enemy?

It may sound farfetched that a scholar living in Pennsylvania planned the overthrow of the Turkish government. But Turkey is demanding the U.S. extradite the Hizmet leader. Read More »

Climate Change Blamed for Pakistan’s Cotton Crop Failure

Erratic weather and over-reliance on GM seeds has resulted in a catastrophic year for the country’s cotton farmers, with worse set to come. Read More »

Next Steps in Libya

Economic and government stabilization in the face of political and security challenges. Read More »

Will Pakistanis Resist a Coup the Turkish Way?

Pakistan’s ruling elite fantasizes that Pakistani public, like in Turkey, will flood the streets in case of a military coup. But can the political realities of the two countries be really compared? Read More »