Views Digest

January, 2016

  • 11 January

    Tajikistan Early Warning: Internal Pressures, External Threats

    Tajikistan's economy is crippled, with the downturn in Russia adding to the difficulties. The rough economic climate, however, is fundamentally of the government’s making: years of endemic corruption have bled local businesses dry and limit the impact of donor aid.

  • 11 January

    Modi Fails to Live Up to High Hopes

    Modi’s brand of personal diplomacy was one of the staples of his first year in office. Through high profile trips abroad and ambitious proposals at home Modi maintained an air of energy and initiative, but the results were modest.

  • 8 January

    Global Automotive Sales Within Reach of 90m Units in 2016

    Incremental volume growth in the US and Europe is forecast to be solid but less spectacular, while on the other side of the balance sheet, further downside from Russia, South America and some big ASEAN car markets will be less of a drag on global volumes as their impact lessens, having already suffered severe market contractions.

  • 6 January

    View from Turkey: A Sunni-Shia War?

    Even if a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is prevented, proxy wars between these two countries will most probably increase in number in the coming years. One analyst advises Turkey to stay away from these tensions.

  • 4 January

    LI Interfaith Candlelight Vigil Calls for Peace, Tolerance

    Participants of an interfaith candlelight vigil at the Nassau County executive building in Minneola, Long Island, call for peace and tolerance, and pray for the safety and security of all Americans.

  • 3 January

    Djibouti: Will China’s Naval Base Cause Friction with the US?

    Controversy over the Chinese presence in Africa is rising in many countries, and Djibouti represents an island of stability from which Beijing might be able to run future evacuation operations in a region undergoing many upheavals. It is also conveniently located to provide logistical support for Chinese vessels involved in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

  • 2 January

    Sharp Drop in Deaths from Violence in Pakistan: Report

    Both terrorism and militancy related fatalities declined by half: fatalities from direct militant attack dropped from 982 in 2014 to 445 in 2015 (55%) and other terrorism fatalities dropped from 516 in 2014 to 246 in 2015 (52%). But despite this decline, Pakistan must continue to combat militancy, insurgency, extremism and crime, by not only physically destroying the enemy, but targeting the radical ideology that gives birth to such activities.

December, 2015

  • 28 December

    2015, The Year That Was: Politics and Society

    As we approach 2016, The Conversation looks at the biggest stories on politics and society over the past 12 months.

  • 28 December

    2015: Africa for Pessimists

    Despite all the progress – and there is a lot of that – there are still plenty of bad African news stories. Simon Allison looks at what has gone wrong in 2015.

  • 25 December

    Fear and Hope in Kabul

    The relentless Taliban attacks and advances in Kunduz, Helmand, Ningarhar and the suicide bombing on a Nato base near Bagram on December 21 are making majority of Afghans uncertain about the future of the current National Unity Government.