Views Digest

September, 2015

  • 22 September

    The Roots of Violence in Central African Republic

    The roadmap to ending the crisis in the ethnically divided Central African Republic, which includes elections before the end of 2015, is only a short-term answer.

  • 21 September

    Sri Lanka Tilts Back from China

    The full extent of India’s involvement in the Sri Lankan elections in January 2015 and again in August 2015 remains unclear, but there is little doubt that New Delhi was at least able to unite Tamil groups against Rajapaksa, no doubt lubricated with plenty of money.

  • 13 September

    View from Bangladesh: The Hindu Dilemma

    India’s recent decision to let Bangladeshi Hindus stay there indefinitely has made many people happy, but the move raises some tricky questions.

  • 9 September

    Hypocrisy Mars RMB Devaluation Debate

    China has dipped back into its ‘old bag of tricks’ and attempted to rev up the export engine one more time in order to give its flagging economy a much needed ‘shot in the arm’. The marching orders for Chinese policy makers are stability above all, reform when suitable and pragmatism always.

  • 9 September

    European Countries Edge Towards War on Terror

    For the first time, a European country has used military force to carry out the premeditated killing of a specific individual outside the context of regular hostilities. Apart from the issue of whether targeted strikes are an effective or wise policy against terrorism, the UK’s latest move raises huge legal questions.

  • 7 September

    Book Review: Cheegha — A Call from Waziristan

    A fascinating account of life in one of the most turbulent regions of the world. Cheegha unlocks the many mysteries about North Waziristan and challenges the many perceptions about its people, culture, traditions and code of life.

August, 2015

  • 30 August

    Pakistan Warming up to Russia

    Moscow’s changing policy towards Pakistan may result in military deals and energy cooperation.

  • 29 August

    Solar Lamps Make Big Money for Bangladesh

    Bangladesh is the first country to get UN climate funds to install home solar energy systems in villages off the electricity grid.

  • 28 August

    Reflecting on New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

    Ten years after Katrina, recovery in New Orleans is mixed – divided in familiar patterns between white and black, rich and poor. The same groups that suffered the brunt of the storm still struggle.

  • 24 August

    The Mirage of India-Pakistan Dialogue

    The collapse of talks between Pakistan and India is a bad omen for peace in South Asia. It can push the world's most militarized region closer to a new military standoff.