South Asia

May, 2016

  • 3 May

    Corruption, Terrorism and Accountability

    The Panama Papers are just one symptom of a deeper malaise. This is wherePakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif need to intervene if they mean good for Pakistan.

  • 3 May

    Sri Lanka’s Delicate Balancing Act

    Sri Lanka’s position is indicative of an emerging new Indo-Pacific order, where regional countries seek to remain strategically neutral while selectively engaging with the major powers in order to serve their own interests.

  • 1 May

    Pakistan: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    Facing revelations of money-laundering that have not as yet been credibly explained, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is “prima facie” guilty until proven innocent. He must do the right thing while he can, tomorrow might be too late.

April, 2016

  • 25 April

    Tough Time Ahead for Bhutan’s Hydropower

    Flash floods, sediment deposits and low river levels could make trouble for the Himalayan country’s dam plans – the bedrock of its green economy.

  • 23 April

    ‘Panamanian’ Epidemic

    With the camouflage of democracy being openly used to deliberately criminalize society, should one blindly but selectively adhere to the “Constitution” in which corruption does not matter, asks one Pakistani analyst about the emerging political crisis in the South Asian nation following emergence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family name in the Panama leaks.

  • 18 April

    Climate Change: Indus’ Palla Fish Spawning Grounds Vanishing

    Pakistan is losing a living heritage, as climate change and dams upstream have led to lack of enough water in the Indus for the famous Palla fish to swim upstream and spawn.

  • 16 April

    Pakistan: Targeting Illegal Money

    Those having the power in Pakistan to correct things must not sit on the Constitutional fence anymore, they either face up to their moral obligations or gracefully give way to others who can.

  • 14 April

    CPEC: Paradoxical Approaches

    Are Pakistanis taking a whole-of-government approach to coordinate counterterrorism and counter-radicalization strategies? Actions under the National Action Plan and its anti-terrorism operation are impressive, but where is the long-term strategy to replace hard power with the soft power of the state?

  • 12 April

    The Offshore World

    A through and a transparent investigation is essential to weed out financial corruption across the board in Pakistan and to clear the record of the Sharif family.

  • 11 April

    Pakistan: Corruption is Treason

    When democracy with a flawed electoral process is deliberately used to camouflage the criminalizing of society, should one give blind adherence to the Constitution while it is being subverted blatantly by the greedy rulers?