otal global military expenditure increased by 3.7 percent in real terms in 2022, to reach a new high of $2240 billion. Military expenditure in Europe saw its steepest year-on-year increase in at least 30 years. The three largest spenders in 2022 — the United States, China and Russia — accounted for 56 percent of the world total, according to new …
Sudan Crisis Explained: What’s Behind the Latest Fighting
Days of violence in Sudan have resulted in the deaths of at least 180 people, with many more left wounded. The fighting represents the latest crisis in the North African nation, which has contended with numerous coups and periods of civil strife since becoming independent in 1956. The Conversation asked Christopher Tounsel, a Sudan specialist and interim director of the …
Global Diplomacy Breaks the Hard Nexus Between War and Famine
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bengal Famine in India and the less well-known Henan Famine in China, which together killed around 3 million people in Asia’s two most populous countries. Historical memory in India will not easily forget the callousness of Winston Churchill, who declined to intervene in what was then British India to save lives so …
Lynching in Sialkot – Why Being Ashamed is Not Enough
Pakistan's toxic political culture and confused state vision for nationhood have created extreme contradictions, which have thrown it on a self-destructive path.
COP26: Experts React to the UN Climate Summit and Glasgow Pact
We asked experts from around the world for their reaction to the outcomes of this year’s UN climate summit, COP26, including the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed by all 197 countries attending the talks. Here’s what they had to say about the deals that were made. (This page will be updated as reactions come in.)
Can China Spearhead Peace in Afghanistan?
What can Beijing do to contain the spiral of violence and prevent the region from sliding into a protracted phase of instability? Pakistan's leading analyst Imtiaz Gul sheds light on the possibilities in an open letter to the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Is Pakistan Listening to the Afghan President’s Allegations ?
Why president Ghani has launched a toxic diatribe against Pakistan, just days after Pakistan's Army Chief assured him of his country's continued support for the peace process in Afghanistan? One of Pakistan's leading defense analysts tries to find answers.
Bangladeshis Seek Friendly Relations with Pakistan
Public opinion is witnessing a monumental shift in Bangladesh in favor of Pakistan. One country that seems to be the biggest loser is India. Here is how Bangladeshis justify their increasing embrace of Pakistan, which they considered an enemy for a generation.
Why Did an Indian Flag Appear During Attack on US Capitol?
Why one man waved an Indian flag during the January 6 attack on the US Capitol remains a mystery.
What is the Future of US-Pakistan Relations under Biden?
Former US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, Senior Research Professor at John Hopkins University Dr. Daniel Markey, Ikram Sehgal and other foreign policy experts hold a candid discussion on Pakistan-US relations.