South Asia

December, 2020

  • 5 December

    China’s Brahmaputra Dam Plan Strains Relations with India Further

    Powerchina’s announcement it will build a mega dam could spur a dam-building race with India, with disastrous consequences for the ecology of the region.

  • 1 December

    Relations with Israel: Can Pakistan Learn from China and Turkey?

    UAE  and  Bahrain followed Egypt and Jordan in recognizing Israel that has been continuously oppressing Palestinians. Saudi Arabia may soon join them, leaving Pakistan badly exposed to international arm-twisting through economic tools.

November, 2020

  • 27 November

    Climate Change Adds to Woes of Lentil Farmers in Nepal

    Once the world's leading lentil producer, Nepal is now having to import them as farmers struggle with low productivity and warmer, wetter weather. This could have serious implications in a country where lentils provide an important source of protein, especially for poor families.

  • 21 November

    Pakistan’s Green Power Potential

    Pakistan retires over 11,000MW of fossil fuel-based plants by 2047, the contribution of over 22,000MW from five cascaded dams on the Indus river will go a long way in bolstering the growth of renewable power generation in Pakistan.

  • 19 November

    Resetting China–Sri Lanka Relations for a Biden Presidency

    With US president-elect Joe Biden due to be inaugurated in January 2021, the time is ripe to reassess the state of China–Sri Lanka relations given Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the center of the Indian Ocean.

  • 18 November

    View from Pakistan: An Eurasian Identity

    Three times shorter than the Suez Canal route the several Eurasia Corridors will play an important role in creating new commercial and social environments in the region near the Caspian Sea and north territories from Bereket to the border with Kazakhstan. It offers a great opportunity to pakistan, says one defense analyst.

  • 17 November

    Is Bangladesh Stuck on the Periphery of Asia Because of India?

    India has self-isolated from the core of Asia, but Bangladesh cannot remain shivering in the cold outside, says one analyst.

October, 2020

  • 28 October

    Pakistan’s Ticking Pension Bomb

    Pakistan's increasing burden of pensions is a ticking bomb, making for a big chunk of the budgetary expenditure which needs immediate attention.

  • 21 October

    Deadlocked Afghan Peace Talks and Continued Uncertainty

    Are Afghanistan's key power players positioning themselves for a new phase of fierce power struggle, particularly in view of President Ghani’s determination to hang on to power? He may be banking on Joe Biden’s victory but will Biden be able to reverse much of Trump’s doing including a partial choking of funds for Kabul?

  • 16 October

    View from Bangladesh: How Grateful is India?

    One Bangladeshi writer laments how India disrespects his nation despite it being grateful for Delhi's help in his country's liberation war. "Our neighboring nation should have had a more mature attitude after all these years," he says.