Views Digest

December, 2015

  • 18 December

    Obama: The Fairy-Tale President?

    Obama's made a lot of Faustian bargains over the last seven years. But given his likely successors, what we got over the last two terms may be as good as it gets.

  • 13 December

    China’s Rocky Silk Road

    The China Pakistan Economic Corridor has the potential to fundamentally alter the China–Pakistan relationship. Until now China has had the luxury of taking the position that Pakistan’s domestic woes were none of its business. But with the security of thousands of nationals and billions of dollars of investments at stake, China may find itself increasingly drawn into Pakistan’s politics and security concerns.  

  • 5 December

    The Afars: Eritrea’s Forgotten Refugees

    The Afars, a tightly knit Muslim minority in one of the most inhospitable corners of Africa, are determined to keep their home and the culture that sustains them.

  • 2 December

    USCIS Launches Virtual Assistant

    Emma was developed in response to a growing interest in self-help tools and to enhance our customer service.

  • 1 December

    Time to Transform the Eastern Mediterranean

    The massive resources available in the Eastern Mediterranean offer the prospect of employment and stability. The pursuit of common interests could unlock enormous untapped potential in the region.

November, 2015

  • 24 November

    Major Spike in Hate Crimes Against American Muslims

    America's largest Muslim civil rights group reports "unprecedented" backlash and discrimination targeting the nation's Muslim minority since the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

  • 17 November

    Don’t Give ISIL the Islamophobia it Wants

    Destruction of the “gray zone” — the space in which one can be both Muslim and Western, or Muslim and democratic — is the very purpose of ISIL and its ilk. Therefore, Europeans would be giving these terrorists a great service if they help destroy that gray zone, by following their own far-right.

  • 17 November

    Personal Wealth: A Nation of Extremes, and a Congress, Too

    A close look at members’ personal financial disclosure statements covering 2014 shows that Congress is a body of extremes — extreme wealth and a bit of extreme debt. Even though Congress may be a sample of particularly well-off Americans, its richest members are staggeringly wealthy — though none, so far, appear to be billionaires.

  • 16 November

    Living with Unsafe Water in Dhaka

    Contaminated tap water puts millions at risk in Bangladesh’s capital because of the city’s vast network of damaged underground pipes and lack of waste disposal.

  • 16 November

    Northeast Asia’s Dysfunctional Diplomacy

    Anyone who follows the politics of Northeast Asia must be wondering whether things may finally be about to change for the better. Not only have the leaders of the region’s big three — China, Japan and South Korea — recently held much delayed talks, but the presidents of China and Taiwan have finally had a face-to-face meeting as well. Does …