Views Digest

August, 2015

  • 21 August

    Beyond Russian Attack Helicopters Sale to Pakistan

    Pakistan's acquisition of advanced Russian MI-35 attack helicopters is a significant shift in Moscow's policy towards the South Asian nation. Islamabad is also purchasing Viper platforms from the US besides actively considering to acquire advanced Z-10 combat helicopters from China.

  • 18 August

    India-UAE ‘Strategic Partnership’ and Pakistan

    The new warmth in India-UAE relations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai may have regional implications.

  • 15 August

    Pakistan: Life in a Desert

    Tharparkar district in Pakistan suffers from a man-made disaster that stems from government apathy.

  • 13 August

    Fishing Ban Reflects How Fragile Arctic Ecosystem Is

    A melting Arctic means new areas will be open to commercial fishing but scientists – and bordering countries – say they need time to study the ecological and economic risks.

  • 13 August

    Saudi Oil Strategy: Brilliant or Suicide?

    Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran and other major oil producers are engaged in the oil equivalent of mutually assured destruction. The sharp drop in oil revenue damages each of these countries economically and financially, while the wars they wage directly and indirectly against each other drain resources from vital domestic projects.

  • 10 August

    Religious Extremism on the Rise in Bangladesh

    Militants from at least two Bangladeshi banned outfits may be preparing for attacks in the country, including targeted assassinations. But Dhaka lacks a dedicated counter-terrorism response.

  • 10 August

    China Responds to Afghanistan’s Bloodiest Day

    China’s ambassador promised training and equipment for Afghan forces. With peace talks faltering, will that be enough?

  • 10 August

    What’s Behind Chinese’ Africa Influx?

    Are the estimated one million or so Chinese nationals who live and work on the African continent a neo-colonialist scourge that matches, if not outstrips, the one that preceded it? Or are they flying solo?

  • 9 August

    Afghan Peace Talks: Pakistan in a Quandary – Again

    With its peace plan stalled, Islamabad is wary of ‘spoilers and detractors’ in Afghanistan.

  • 8 August

    Immigrant Crisis Causes Outcry in Europe

    President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has responded to the public outcry over the immigration crisis by urging European leaders to show solidarity and resist the message of populist parties.