South Asia

February, 2020

  • 26 February

    Pakistan: Making CPEC Work – I

    Despite multilateralism and even free trade being questioned, Chinese President Xi Jinping is offering an alternative vision of connectivity, facilitation of trade and integration of markets across regions and continents.

  • 10 February

    Gwadar, Security and Inclusive Development

    Gwadar for outsiders, particularly keen investors and businessmen, evokes enthusiasm. They equate it with a place open to visitors and ready for investment. But the imposing omni-present physical and procedural security barriers kill that enthusiasm.

  • 7 February

    Can Pakistan’s Foreign and Security Policy Be ‘Neutral’?

    Pakistan's foreign policy must serve its national interests, its internal and external security and its regional standing. In a growingly polarized world there has to be a balance in its relations with a commitment to being neutral with its neighbors and within the region, argues Ikram Sehgal.

  • 2 February

    India’s Secular Hypocrisy

    Prime Minister Modi has ensured that India is exposed to the world what it was all along, a Hindu fundamentalist country. In a no holds barred piece The Economist bluntly titled the country "Intolerant India". What Modi fails to realize is that tolerance is important for not only India, but also its considerable power abroad.

January, 2020

  • 27 January

    Why Pakistan’s Khan Must Extricate Himself from Steel-frame?

    Imminent political demise stares Pakistan's prime minister in the face if he continues to rely on people whose hearts and minds resonate with his erstwhile opponents, argues Imtiaz Gul.

December, 2019

  • 18 December

    Afghanistan and Duplicity of Geo-Politics

    Democracy demands of them to first call out India for its brazen treatment of Kashmir and the Citizenship Amendment Bill before finding pretexts to interfere in China or call for sanctions on Pakistan, argues Pakistan's leading analyst.

  • 18 December

    Pakistan: Step Forward or Path to Confrontation

    The latest ruling is likely to accentuate tensions between the judiciary and the military, which is already incensed over the Supreme Court’s dramatic objections to the 3-year extension that Prime Minister Imran Khan gave to army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa late November.

  • 18 December

    The Blood and Tears of 1971

    While war and civil war always include violence, the atrocities committed during the nine months in 1971 were neither a decided war strategy nor a one-sided occurrence. It was initiated by the emotional break-down of established psychological and societal limits fired by disparate nationalist theories and feelings.

  • 3 December

    How Pakistan is Failing to Mend its Trade Relations with Afghanistan

    After nearly four decades, Pakistani state institutions have miserably failed in providing a decent, mutually beneficial framework for the Afghan refugees and the children born to them.

  • 2 December

    Indian Muslims and the Ayodhya Verdict

    The Indian Supreme Court verdict comes after the SC has already endorsed the single-handed scrapping of Article 370 and 35(a) of the Indian Constitution on Indian administered Kashmir which strengthens doubts about its independence and impartiality. Many senior Indian analysts, including many retired SC justices questioned the verdict as not being based on facts but on perceptions.